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Diss landlords open with a big bank holiday event to welcome customers

Barely two weeks into their new roles, the landlords of a pub in Diss have unveiled big plans for the upcoming bank holiday weekend, as they prepare to welcome customers in style.

Business partners Ashley Bovington, 27, and Sam Nichol, 28, opened the doors to the new-look Greyhound last week – and have wasted no time in setting out preparations for their first big event.

“On August 30, we are going to be holding a dreamboats and petticoats event during the day,” said Mr Bovington.

Ashley Bovington has taken over the Greyhound Pub in Diss.	Picture: Mark Bullimore
Ashley Bovington has taken over the Greyhound Pub in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“We’re hoping that as many people as possible will come in fancy dress for a bit of light-hearted fun, and there will be a prize for the best costume.”

Owned by the Craft Union Pub Company , the St Nicholas Street business was renovated during the UK-wide lockdown, giving the two business partners plenty of time to appreciate their surroundings.

“It’s a beautiful little town, with such an amazing community spirit,” said Mr Bovington. “We want our business to give something back in return.”

The launch event will feature two mobile food vendors, who will be setting up shop in the pub car park.

Flippin Marvellous and Burger Offwill be on hand to whet customers’ appetite during the day, but, in the future, the pub intends to focus on providing high-quality drinks, rather than food.

“The pub is 100 per cent drinks led and we plan on keeping it that way,” said Mr Bovington. “Nowadays, everywhere does food, but we want to be a proper, drink-focused pub.”

And the publican said he was optimistic about the venue’s future.

“We want to bring in a crowd old and new,” he added. “We still hope to see the regular faces, of course, but we also want to draw a new crowd into the town as well.”

The dreamboats and petticoats event is scheduled to start at 1pm on Sunday, August 30.

It will include live music from 3pm, including a set from Mr Bovington, who will perform at 5pm.

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