Colne pub closes its doors

CHEERS: Kath having a last drink at the Queen's Hotel bar with best friend Tracy Kennedy (S)
CHEERS: Kath having a last drink at the Queen's Hotel bar with best friend Tracy Kennedy (S)

A well-liked Colne landlady has paid a massive thank you to all her staff and customers after shutting the doors of the Queen Hotel for the final time.

The Burnley Road pub, popular for its pool, darts and football teams and live music, has ceased trading until a buyer can be found.

And now Kath “Queenie” Hill is looking forward to beginning a new career in 2015 and spending her weekends seeing more of her family and friends.

She said: “It is not a decision that has been made lightly, but I feel the time is right to move on and do other things.

“It’s my hope that someone will come along and breathe new life into the Queen.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to all my staff and the amazing customers I have met over the last 11 years as a Colne licensee.”

Kath has always been a great supporter of the live music scene and would like to say a special thank you to the local musicians and bands that have played at the venue. She said she will continue to follow them at every opportunity.

She has also thanked her mum Joyce for all her support and has wished a happy New Year to all the people who helped make her last Christmas at the Queen so special.

Guy Simmonds National Licensed Property Agents will sell the property with an asking price of £275,000.

They said: “The current owner purchased the business in 2005 and has established a solid trading foundation with a loyal and desirable ‘wet’ sales local clientele.

“The inn is also a venue for the Blues Festival that takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.”

Many customers have expressed sadness at the pub’s closure by taking to social media.

One Facebook user wrote: “Sad day for all - great pub and fantastic landlady. Sorry to see it close.”

Another wrote: “I really hope whatever happens it gets put to some good use.”