Pub staff providing New Year's taxi service

David Laing, owner of The Chequers in Great Blakenham Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

David Laing, owner of The Chequers in Great Blakenham Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A much-loved Suffolk pub is helping its New Year's Eve revellers get home safe - with a staff-operated taxi service. 

The Chequers Pub in Stowmarket Road, Great Blakenham, is hosting a ticket-only New Year's Eve party on December 31.

But travel to and from the pub could have been an issue for some - so the team came up with a way to ensure that locals didn't have to worry about getting home after the countdown. 

The Chequers Pub will be hosting an Elvis tribute act for New Year's Eve

Performing at the New Year's Eve event at The Chequers Pub is popular Elvis tribute artist, Andy Otley - Credit: David Laing

Owner David Laing said: "We realised that taxis and transport are expensive and difficult to hire, especially outside of Ipswich town centre. 

"So we arranged for two members of our team to provide a taxi service for our guests to the surrounding area.

"We were sold out for our last New Year before Covid, so we expect to be busy and our free taxi service very popular." 

Party-goers can book their taxi home by getting in touch with the pub team. 

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The pub reopened after the first national lockdown with a brand-new look, when Mr Laing said he was very pleased with the refit and kerb appeal.

The party includes a three-course meal, drinks and canapes and music from the pub's popular Elvis tribute act. 

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