Veteran landlord set to call time on career

Set to retire: Ronnie Fitzpatrick, landlord of the Dog and Partridge
Set to retire: Ronnie Fitzpatrick, landlord of the Dog and Partridge
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Well-known pub landlord Ronnie Fitzpatrick is bowing out of the licensed trade after 37 years at a city centre pub.

Ronnie, former chairman of the Preston Licensed Victuallers Association, is taking a well-earned retirement.

He has run the Dog and Partridge in Friargate for more than three decades.

Ronnie’s leaving date is yet to be finalised, but he is expected to depart within weeks.

The former serviceman took over the popular city centre hostelry and live band venue in 1977 when bitter was just 28p a pint.

Now he has decided to call time – but will still stay active and involved in the Royal British Legion.

He said: “My final date is yet to be decided, but it should be within the next six weeks.”

The Punch Taverns-owned building is being renovated and set to reopen under new ownership after a £200,000 refit.

Ronnie said: “I will be 74 by the time I leave.

“I’m getting a house and it’s time I put my feet up, although I will probably do something with the British Legion.”

As the countdown to Ronnie’s final weeks begins, there will be a gig on Monday by local band Bingo Bay.

The Preston band Bingo Bay are continuing their series of local gigs to promote their new album.

The event starts at 8pm and entry is free.

Other musical guests will be joining in too.

• Watch out for a special feature on Ronnie’s life and times in the Lancashire Evening Post in the coming weeks.