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Our Willowbrook pub in Gedling is back in business - open after three months' closure caused by a fire in the small hours of the night on Thursday 2 April.

As a mark of gratitude to the fire-fighters who brought the fire under control, saving the structure and the business, we invited representatives of the Fire Fighters Charity and the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service to attend the reopening. A donation was made to the charity to help in its work enhancing the quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

The Willowbrook became our 20th pub when it initially opened on St George’s Day 2014.

(l-r)  Robin Hood (Tim Pollard); manager, Charlie Blomeley; Richard Jones and Craig Holmes of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, and Cllr Sandra Barnes, deputy Mayor of Gedling

(l-r) Robin Hood (Tim Pollard); manager, Charlie Blomeley; Richard Jones and Craig Holmes of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, and Cllr Sandra Barnes, deputy Mayor of Gedling

Colin Wilde says the refurbishment went to plan. “Thanks to the efforts of the fire-fighters of Green Watch from Stockhill, Central and Southwell stations, there was very little structural damage. Though the building itself remained intact, that could not be said for the fixtures, fixings and stock. Internally, the pub is completely new from the mirrors to the bar itself.”

Pub manager, Charlie Blomeley who was present during the fire, echoes the thanks to the fire-fighters for saving her pub; “I couldn’t wait to welcome my regulars back. All of us had a heavy knock but now we’re up and running, the lovely place is back in its role at the heart of the community.”

Charlie’s opening day guests included Cllr Sandra Barnes, the deputy Mayor of Gedling, regulars and builders. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service was represented by Richard Jones and Craig Holmes with Laura Harden, regional officer for the Fire Fighters Charity.