This post is really sad and needs a some correction to make it more accurate. And Cllr Liam’s account does not describe events.
This is what happened.
The publican owner, Trevor in fact passed away when still running his pub and whilst working in his cellar.
He was the publican in The Rutland Arms and prior to that in The Prince of Wales on Perry Rise.
He was ably assisted by his wife Chris who was an elegant lady and whose Sunday lunches were delightful.
I live a few hundred yards equidistant from both pubs and in the time I knew them, they ran perfectly orderly houses selling good beer. Trevor was a real musician and his pride and joy was his grand piano at The Rutland. Only selected musicians from the many jazz bands who appeared there were permitted to play it and there will be many of you who enjoyed the twice weekly jazz sessions.
In the period after his passing, Chris attempted to continue running the pub without Trevor whilst at the same time trying to find a buyer for the pub and her home above in which they had lived.
Over quite some time, there was no success in finding a publican purchaser for the going concern and Chris was advised to sell the property at auction. It was rumoured that the hammer fell on a price substantially less than the valuation.
Once more after some time, a developer submitted plans for the conversion of the site and included the promised floor-space for a pub.
The work was completed and the floor-space created.
The flats were sold off but still there was no publican to be found for the pub and after several years a thriving business from a few doors down expanded its business, relocated and took over the floor space.
Economics drove the decision. Not the retirement of the publican as described by Cllr Liam.
Equally interesting, is the matter of the pub across the road, The Perry Hill, formerly the Two Brewers.
Two successful pub entrepreneurs invested substantial sums in refurbishing that establishment, setting up as a very well appointed bar and restaurant. There is a substantial garden, car parking and the Atrium in which the restaurant was set is one of the most elegant examples of its kind.
It failed within months and had a brewer’s tenant installed with the restaurant aspirations abandoned.
Economics also drove that outcome. Even though there was no competition in the immediate locality, customers did not return in the numbers for the offer to succeed.
It would have taken no time to consult with Cllr Alan Hall and former Cllr Ami Ibbitson about these matters and would have provided confirmation of what I describe here.