Village with no beer - regulars wait

LOCALS and residents say they are mystified over a delay in completing the sale of a village pub which has been closed for nearly eight months.The Black Horse, the only pub in Thorndon, near Eye, closed after its owner, Geraldine Harding, became embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings.

LOCALS and residents say they are mystified over a delay in completing the sale of a village pub which has been closed for nearly eight months.

The Black Horse, the only pub in Thorndon, near Eye, closed after its owner, Geraldine Harding, became embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings.

The property was put up for sale in May by the trustee in bankruptcy, Aileen Crooks, who works for chartered accountants, Baker Tilly of Ipswich.

Offers in excess of £250,000 were invited and, after a series of initial enquiries, a buyer was found.

However, contracts have still not been exchanged and residents, fed up with having to go outside the village to find a pub, say they are mystified over the delay.

Paul Bartlett, spokesman for the Black Horse Action Group, said yesterday he understood that other buyers had been interested in the pub but had been told a sale was proceeding.

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"It is now nearly eight months since the pub closed and we cannot make out why it is taking so long. We fear there might be something untoward happening," he said.

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