Beyton couple Barry and Jane Waterman who have run White Horse pub for 35 years presented with lifetime achievement award
A couple who have run a pub near Bury St Edmunds for 35 years have been honoured with a lifetime achievement certificate.
Barry and Jane Waterman, licensees of The White Horse in Beyton, received the award for their long service from the West Suffolk and Borders branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The pair, who are the branch's longest serving publicans, said it was a 'privilege' to receive such recognition for their hard work.
They have served as publicans for Greene King for 44 years starting in Cambridge in 1976
Barry, a former Michael Caine impersonator, said: “Earlier this year we were nominated for a national Greene King Excellence Award.
"Unfortunately the presentation evening had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
"This latest award and recognition from local drinkers makes up for some of that disappointment."
The White Horse offers meals and accommodation and one of the pub's most unusual features is its 60ft well, from the bar to an underground stream, and alleged to be the water source for an on site brewery in the 17th Century.
Asked to recall the most memorable events of their long career, the couple said they had to reinvent themselves 'to stay in business' when the smoking ban hit the licensed trade.
They praised 'the kindness and compassion of customers, locals, and friends from across the licensed trade' after the loss of their daughter Sarah, who was a victim of the Swine Flu epidemic in January 2011.
Chris Bailey, local CAMRA branch chairman, added: “The village local forms the cornerstone of many communities, evidenced no more so than during the recent lockdown when so many publicans stepped up to the plate to support the vulnerable in their communities.
"As our branch's longest serving publicans Barry and Jane’s unprecedented commitment to Beyton and the wider community is testimony to this and emphasises how important it is to protect your local pub.
"I would urge those who value these community assets to join CAMRA and help save them from closure.”