Jane celebrates 20 years at Ye Olde Withy Trees

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Landlady Jane Burns is celebrating two decades of pulling pints at the hostelry she calls home - Ye Olde Withy Trees in Bamber Bridge.

Jane took over as landlady at the pub when she was 20 and has seen plenty of changes over the years.

Happy anniversary: Landlady and landlord Jane and Bob Burns

Happy anniversary: Landlady and landlord Jane and Bob Burns

There have been three 
different brewery owners and two major refurbishments, but one thing has stayed the same - the customers’ loyalty.

To thank them for their role in ensuring the pub has thrived, when many others have closed, Jane and husband Bob organised a special anniversary party on Saturday.

The all-day celebration included live music, food, a bouncy castle and face painting. For part of the day there was 50p off wines and selected beers.

Jane said: “The party for customers is to pay back for their loyalty for 20 years - it’s a thank you.”

Reflecting on running the family friendly pub on Station Road, she said: “It’s a way of life. It’s the social aspect and meeting everyone.”

She and Bob, who have been together 18 years and have a son Fraser, say they run a traditional pub with its own darts, cards, pool and dominoes teams. And there’s definitely no showing of X Factor or Strictly -style TV shows on the pub’s TV.

Jane added: “We have the occasional live bands. But we like to think people come in for us. It’s a good friendly 

Bob, who created a special play area at the back of the pub, said: “It has survived because it is just a good local. We don’t do food as such, but on winter lunch times Jane does a home made soup, a different one every day.”

They conceded that their story is remarkable in an era when so many pubs and clubs are closing. Bob acknowledged: “It’s a really hard business to be in now. There’s a lot more competition from supermarkets.”

Jane says the licensed trade is in her blood. She said: “My parents had the Queen Adelaide on New Hall Lane when I was born in 1972, they took over the Roebuck in Leyland and then the Black Bull in Bamber Bridge.”