Pub puts water damage behind it

CELEBRATORY beer was flowing at a Suffolk pub today when it finally reopened after emergency repairs to fix subsidence.The Limeburners in Offton had to be evacuated on October 24 last year after a huge downpour of rain combined with a burst water pipe which resulted in water gushing out from under the car park.

CELEBRATORY beer was flowing at a Suffolk pub today when it finally reopened after emergency repairs to fix subsidence.

The Limeburners in Offton had to be evacuated on October 24 last year after a huge downpour of rain combined with a burst water pipe which resulted in water gushing out from under the car park.

The torrent of water left the pub showing signs of serious cracking and fourteen homes in the village were also left without water as a result of the deluge.

The 250-year-old pub had been closed for repairs ever since but today the landlord was able to put the nightmare of the past few months behind him when the beer started flowing again.

And to mark the special occasion, there were plans for a grand opening ceremony on Friday including music from a live band.

Kirk Bradley, the pub's landlord, said: “It's a relief to be finally getting there.

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“It's been a bit much getting everything done, it seemed like we were going backwards and backwards sometimes.

“Originally we wanted to reopen before Christmas but the building work took longer than we thought.”

Mr Bradley said now all the hard work was finally over he was thrilled with the new-look pub.

He added that as well as making sure The Limeburners was now secure and would not be the victim of subsidence again builders had also been tasked with revamping the interior of the pub.

He added: “The pub is all furnished now and the front has all been painted.

“We have tried to make the best of the disaster so everything in the pub has been redone.

“Certainly people will see a different pub when they come here.

“We've been nagged by people in the village to reopen and so I'm really pleased we finally can.”

Are you pleased the pub has reopened? Is you home still damaged after the downpour in October? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.