Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Video: Parents to hand pub over to son who claims to be youngest landlord in country

06:00 14 January 2014

Charlie Watts could be the youngest licensee in the country when, on his 18th birthday on Saturday he becomes the Landlord of The Cherry Tree in Yaxley.

Charlie Watts could be the youngest licensee in the country when, on his 18th birthday on Saturday he becomes the Landlord of The Cherry Tree in Yaxley.

He’s been pulling pints at his family’s pub since he was 17 but this weekend Charlie Watts will put his name forward to claim to be the youngest landlord in the country.

Charlie Watts could be the youngest licensee in the country when, on his 18th birthday on Saturday he becomes the Landlord of The Cherry Tree in Yaxley. Pictured with mum NikkiCharlie Watts could be the youngest licensee in the country when, on his 18th birthday on Saturday he becomes the Landlord of The Cherry Tree in Yaxley. Pictured with mum Nikki

On Saturday, Mr Watts will step inside The Cherry Tree pub in Yaxley, near Eye, greeted by his family and friends to celebrate his 18th birthday.

But it will be no ordinary party as he will be taking over from his parents Nikki and Andy as landlord of the north Suffolk pub.

“Well it’s going to be hard work, I can guarantee that,” Mr Watts said.

“My dad and mum did it for 11 years and they did not get to where they are without putting in the hours. Since we came here when I was seven years old I have helped out. I have been chatting and getting to know the people, without actually knowing it I have taken it all in, getting experience which will obviously help.”

In the months before his 18th birthday he has been able to serve alcoholic beverages, under UK law, as long as the sales were approved by an adult member of staff.

Although he wanted to become a police officer when he left Hartismere High School last year, Mr Watts said he now wanted to revitalise the struggling pub industry. He said he wanted to encourage younger drinkers to the village pub.

“I have all sorts of plans: we are pride ourselves in our real ales which is great, and I want to continue that, but I would also like to put on more music nights,” he said.

Mr Watts has taken courses to prepare him for running the pub, which also serves as the village shop and post office.

As postmaster Mrs Watts will continue to run the vital service while her son leads the pub business.

“My husband decided he wanted a change after 11 years and with Charlie coming up to 18 we thought it was a brilliant opportunity for him,” she said.

“It’s hard work with long hours and late nights but it’s enjoyable and we have got a lot of regular customers.”

Last year The Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, praised the establishment as in the top 150 real ale pubs in the country.

5 comments

  • Pandy,you miserable so and so. This is a lovely idea he is known by the locals and I am sure his parents trust him to do a good job..Give the boy some credit for goodness sake.

    Report this comment

    Elise Moreton

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • This young man would appear to be sensible, committed and knowledgeable. Good luck to him in his business venture - he sounds like he deserves it.

    Report this comment

    blue&white

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The very best of luck to him. Each time a pub closes, a bit of old England dies.

    Report this comment

    Simon K

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • a pub full of youngsters no thanks

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • pandy - A pub full of younger people is a lot better than an empty pub that closes down, gets boarded up, then sold and converted into yet another supermarket, wouldn't you say?!

    Report this comment

    blue&white

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

EACH Colour Dash at Christchurch Park

Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) during Ipswich’s most well supported Colour Dash to date.

Major Tim Pig preview shots. Image: Jane Anderson

The finer points of his space suit have been painted on, he has been shipped back to Ipswich and been glossed to protect him from the weather - and now Major Tim Pig is just waiting to land in the town centre.

City Palace Udaipur

With temperatures soaring into the 50’ – that is Celsius – in Rajasthan at present, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a place to be avoided!

File picture of Norwich Road/Orford Street junction in Ipswich.

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault committed in Ipswich last weekend have carried out anniversary checks in the area.

The bank holiday weather was perfect for events like the Trimley Beer Festival.

For once organisers of bank holiday weekend events are set to be happy with the British weather as the region prepares for a third dry day today.

The Stowmarket town sign.

One woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage following the incident last night.

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing

It would take a phenomenal effort to produce a bad Dirty Dancing show. The 1987 coming-of-age drama is ripe for any interpretation: iconic music, a timeless script, a clear story with emotional depth, relatable characters and well-defined goals, and of course, some pretty captivating dancing.

Ferry boat inn old Felixstowe 
Food and drink review

I visited the Ferry Boat Inn on a day, not so very long ago, when hail was still a common occurrence, writes Victoria Richman.

icons may 28

The industrial revolution at the turn of the 18th Century brought an abundance of agricultural workers into the towns to work in the newly-established factories, writes John Norman, of The Ipswich Society.

Kelly Dorward with her book. Photo: Nick Butcher

This is unexpected. I’ve made the writer of an erotic novel blush. Just a little, writes Steven Russell/

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24