White Horse pub owners for 26 years to swap Diss for Ibiza
The longstanding owners of a Diss pub will pull their final pints from the bar they have occupied for more than 26 years when they leave later this month.
Peter and Jan Mills, took the reins of the White Horse pub, in Market Place in 1989 and, after finding buyers for the pub, will leave on August 17.
Set to celebrate their time at the pub with a party on August 15, the couple will depart Diss for a life in Ibiza, where their son Stephen, and his family lives.
The couple, who have been involved in the pub trade for nearly all of their lives ran The Cherry Tree in Diss, taking it over as managers in 1982 and buying it two years later, before running the Spider’s Web club behind the pub.
Mr Mills said: “Running a pub is a way of life — you either like it or you don’t.
“I was talking to someone this week and they said the average landlord’s stay at a pub is eight or nine years, so 32 years in total is quite an achievement!
Mrs Mills added: “I will miss all the old characters. I will miss it.
“Running a pub is definitely much harder nowadays. To be honest, we are doing right to get out now.
“We have made some good friends over the years as well. Some of the customers we have here now were with us when we were in The Cherry Tree, they have stayed with us all the time.
“We have got customers in now that we used to tell off when they were young in The Cherry Tree and Spider’s Web, we were always kicking them out! They’re the ones that are in here now after they have grown up, it’s quite funny.”
Mr Mills placed on record his thanks to the customers over the years for their loyalty, adding: “We are coming back and will keep in touch with the customers.
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