Landlady of flooded pub praises regulars

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The manager of a Northampton pub, which flooded four times in just over a month before the new year, has thanked its loyal customers for their support through a difficult period.

The Billing Mill pub, in The Causeway, Great Billing, was hit by flooding after excessive rainfall in the county last November and again shortly before Christmas.

Manager of the pub, Diane Brown, said the first bout of flooding was the worst, damaging the carpets and forcing the pub to close.

She said the pub, which is near the Billing Aquadrome holiday park, was again forced to close for eight days over the Christmas period, including Christmas Day, after further flood warnings for the area were put in place.

Ms Brown said she had to re-locate 200 customers on Christmas Day after they had booked to eat dinner at the pub, and added : “We received a warning from the Environment Agency about possible flooding on December 23 so we closed the pub and could not re-open until December 26.

“We relocated around 200 customers, along with staff and food, to our sister pub, The Quays, in Little Billing.”

She added: “We turned what could have been a disaster around and I can’t thank our guests enough for bearing with us. Christmas was saved by great customers. Despite our regulars having to go elsewhere while we were shut, they have returned to the pub and it is back to normal.”