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Norwich publicans offer support to landlady forced to close after crash

PUBLISHED: 09:45 23 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:45 23 June 2014

Emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows. Photo by Simon Finlay.

The landlady of a Norwich pub which has been forced to close after a car smashed into the front of the building during the busy evening rush hour is being supported by publicans across the city who have rallied behind her.

Sign at Golden Star pub. PIC: Peter Walsh Sign at Golden Star pub. PIC: Peter Walsh

People were enjoying a quiet afternoon drink in the summer sun at the Golden Star pub on Duke Street when a car careered into the building, sending glass and people flying.

Emergency services, including police fire and ambulance, were called to the crash which happened about 4.30pm on Friday.

Miraculously no-one was seriously hurt following the crash but landlady Elizabeth Le Grice has been forced to close the pub, which has only recently been repainted, until the damage has been repaired.

People looking to have a pint at the popular watering hole over the weekend were greeted by a sign on the door which read: “Due to unforeseen car issues we are closed.”

Nick De’Ath, chairman of the Norwich licensing forum, which represents publicans throughout the city, said: “It’s incredibly unfortunate when things like this happen.

“All the publicans of Norwich hope they can get up and running as soon as possible. I’m guessing there will be insurance policies in place and we just hope they (the insurers) move quickly to help her get back on her feet.”

Phil Cutter, landlord at the Murderers in Timber hill, Norwich, and co-chairman of the Norwich City of Ale festival, said it “goes without saying” that everyone in the licensing trade hoped that she can “get back on her feet as soon as possible”.

He said: “With any pub when it closes temporarily its always sad because we’re self employed business people and the only way we can survive is to have our doors open and serve our customers and while she’s shut she’s not getting an income. I really feel for the girl.”
As previously reported customers reported their shock and relief following the crash. David Turnbull, 68, who owns the Blue Boar pub in Sprowston, The Lawyer and the Lord Rosebery in Norwich, was sat outside with his wife Rita when he saw the car smash into the side of the pub after having hit some railings.

He said: “I just assumed people would be dead. Young girls in the back of the car would be screaming and I really thought the car was going to catch fire but it was powder from the air bag. But thank God, it’s one of those things someone was looking down on us all on this wonderful afternoon in Norwich and no-one got hurt.”

Anyone with information about the crash should call Pc Bob Connor or Pc Dave Carter on 101.

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