REGULARS at a popular pub pulled together following the death of its landlord to ensure it continued to succeed.
Customers at the Cross Keys pub, in Burton Road, Tutbury, were left shocked last year after popular Frank Brown died suddenly of heart failure at 68.
However, they rallied around his widow Wendy and son Daniel by volunteering to work shifts in order to keep the watering hole open.
Now the pub is a roaring success and a raft of events are being organised to honour a year since Mr Brown passed away.
Sue Greenwood, whose husband Greg is one of the volunteers, said: "The pub would have closed had it not been for a group of customers who rallied round and volunteered to work shifts in the pub every week for months after Frank's death to keep it open.
"Daniel Brown, Frank's son, is a serving soldier and his mother Wendy had been running the restaurant at another pub, so it took time before the family was in a position to fully take on the business.
"In the last six months, Wendy and Daniel have really turned the pub around – investing in the restaurant, new kitchens, the lounge – and welcoming hundreds of new customers.
"The regulars continue to help out and to organise events for what has now become very much a community pub."
The pub will be hosting a charity quiz in Mr Brown's honour on August to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund.
It will also host a beer and music festival on the weekend of September 12 to 14.