Family stays put at pub
AN acrimonious stand-off at a popular Ipswich music venue is continuing today with a family refusing to leave the pub they used to run.Chris and Wendy Rudge had until yesterday to move out of The Railway pub in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, but the couple is standing firm.
AN acrimonious stand-off at a popular Ipswich music venue is continuing today with a family refusing to leave the pub they used to run.
Chris and Wendy Rudge had until yesterday to move out of The Railway pub in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, but the couple is standing firm.
Mr Rudge said: "I'm not moving out. I've done nothing wrong and I don't have anywhere else to go."
Premier Pub Company told Mr and Mrs Rudge and their three children and one grandchild to leave their home above the pub after Mr Rudge's position as manager was terminated.
The row became public in April when The Evening Star revealed The Railway, a well-known music venue in Ipswich and once played host to Status Quo, ran out of beer after suppliers cut off deliveries due to alleged debt problems.
Allegations of missing stock have led to both sides turning to lawyers and the row has led the Rudges to barricade themselves inside the pub and chain the doors shut.
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Mr Rudge said: "As far as the owners are concerned my position as manager has been terminated from last week.
"I've been in this trade for 30 years and I've never come across anything like this in all that time.
"I'm standing my ground. My customers are 100 per cent behind me."
However Premier Pub Company, the lessees, insist the pub will soon reopen with new management.
Mr Rudge said he has now reached an agreement to allow representatives of Premier Pub Company into the premises while his family remains living upstairs until the row is resolved.
The company's Mike Burgess said: "I am now talking to a gentleman who is very well known and respected locally in the music industry who is very, very interested in the pub.
"It will be better than ever.
"We can easily get things up and running. Very, very shortly the situation will be rectified.
"Bigger and better things are coming to The Railway pub in the future."
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