The landlord of a Worksop town centre pub which recently closed has thanked revellers for their loyal custom.
The Queen’s Head, on Bridge Street, shut its doors earlier this month - causing 12 members of staff to lose their jobs. Five people living at the premises, including landlord Lee Mills, three bar staff and a chef, will all have to move out.
Pub retailer Greene King, which owns the building, has apologised for the temporary closure and says it is recruiting for a new licensee.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone for their loyal support over the last 12 months,” Mr Mills said.
“I want people to know that it is out of my control and I have worked hard over the last couple of weeks to reopen the pub in the effort to try save 12 jobs.
Mr Mills added: “We have all been left devastated by the decision to close the pub.”
The pub was taken over by Mr Mills last year following a major refurbishment.
A new menu was designed and entertainment was provided most nights.
Staff and revellers this week took to social media to say thanks to Mr Mills and say how ‘shocked’ they were.
Sarah Rose Lloyd posted: “I have worked at the Queen’s Head for over 20 years and I have never seen anyone put so much effort, at his own expense, into keeping the place open. People can jump to false conclusions, but the 12 staff members who have lost their jobs know that Lee fought for them all he could to keep working.”
Nicola Spencer wrote: “Thank you to all the staff it’s been a pleasure to be part of the Queen’s locals.”
Amy Louise Taylor wrote: “Such a shame this had to happen, we’ve been several times for meals and have always been made to feel very welcome by Lee, Peter and the staff.”
Amy Victoria Blood posted: “Sorry to hear this and good luck to the 12 that have lost their jobs, what a shame.”
Philip Rookes wrote: “What a shame the food, service and friendliness of Lee and his team was excellent.”
A Greene King spokesperson said: “The Queen’s Head pub in Worksop is temporarily closed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
“We are actively recruiting a new licensee and look forward to reopening as soon as possible.”