Fond memories of historic inn for Andrea

ANDREA Buckley has lasting memories of the three-and-a-half years she spent as landlady of The Old Thirteenth Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn.

Andrea Buckley when she was landlady at the Rifleman

And she also possesses a piece of the sign for the pub with the longest name in Britain.

“I managed to get a little piece of the wood when the pub closed and I keep it in my garage as a memory of my time there,” she explained.

And when the pub closed and was redeveloped as a home, Andrea admitted to being tempted to return.

“It was a lovely building and, had it a garden and more land, I would have considered living there,” she admitted.

Andrea’s association with the pub began long before she became landlady.

She was originally a customer and also worked for a previous landlord before in a “moment of madness” taking it over in 2005.

Andrea’s memories are of old photographs, dating back to the 1800s, on the walls as well a lot of brass.

She said: “I used to go in the pub when I was young and it was like one big family.

“It was a nice pub and I had good times there as well as bad ones towards the end.”

Andrea says a decline in trade caused by the smoking ban was the main reason she left.

“Business went downhill and times changes so I decided to sell it on.”

Andrea has worked at Lockside Medical Centre for almost nine years, initially as a receptionist and doing secretarial work.

She is now a member of the nursing team having completed a course to become a primary healthcare assistant. She is also training to be a phlebotomist.


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