Time is called at village pub

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A PUB that has been run by the same family for the past 17 years will close its doors this weekend.

Landlady Deborah Reilly has ‘shed many tears’ about leaving the Narrowboat Inn, on Waitling Street in Weedon.

But she said the financial pressures facing the pub industry have left it almost impossible to stay open.

Mrs Reilly and her husband Mark took over the running of the pub from her parents Colin and Londa Burridge, and much of the family still work there. But on Sunday they will cut their ties with new landlords expected to reopen the venue in August.

Mrs Reilly said: “To cover our bills we need to make £10,000 each week, that’s before we buy any food. We just can’t afford to keep it anymore.

“In the summer and on Mother’s Day we can do that but the rest of the year we just don’t take that much money.

“There’s definitely been a decline in customers in the past few years which hasn’t been helped by the smoking ban. People used to have a drink and a cigarette before their meal and another cigarette with a coffee afterwards.

“We also need to do some refurbishment work but our brewery wants us to pay for it and we just can’t afford it.”

Mr and Mrs Reilly will move to the Olde Red Lion, in Kislingbury, which they will run in partnership with current landlady Christine Hayward.

Mrs Reilly added: “I’ve shed so many tears and I really don’t want to leave, this has been our family home.”