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Tragedy doesn't halt family dream

Published date: 09 July 2014 |
Published by: Sarah Staples 
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TWO sisters are enjoying success after they joined forces to re-open a village pub.
But Alison Roberts and Helen Jones will always remember the people who made the idea become a reality
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Alison, 46, and Helen, 35, were inspired to take on The Green Inn pub in Llangedwyn, near Oswestry, with their 80-year-old father Bernard following the death of their mother Jean Morgan in November.
But tragically Bernard was leaving the bank just after he had completed the deal on the pub when he collapsed and died on March 13.
Now the pair, whose family are from Llanrhaeadr YM, are making sure their new business is a success, and it has already got off to a great start.
“My sister and I both worked here over the years and my parents were always fond of the pub,” said Alison.
“We heard that the previous owners of the pub had put in an application to turn the pub into a house and the local community was against it.
“When our mother passed away in November she left behind a legacy and we were trying to think what to do with it.
“It was a very hard time after our dad passed away, we were unsure whether to go on with the pub. But we decided it was what he would want us to do.
“We have so many great memories here as we spent many days here. My daughter’s christening and our parents’ 25th wedding anniversary was here, so it’s a big part of our lives.”
Alison, who runs a garage with husband Adrian in Llanrhaeadr and Helen, who runs a farm with husband Will, have a team of 10 working at the pub and have carried out most of the renovation and updating work on the 18th century building themselves.
“The support we have had has been wonderful from our family and from people in the local community who have been coming back over and over again,” added Alison.
“We are really passionate about keeping it going.”
 

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