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Leintwardine village church remembers landlady

Flossie Lane
Flossie Lane ran the Sun Inn until she was 94

A landlady who ran one of the UK's last parlour pubs for 74 years is to be remembered at a church in the village.

Florence 'Flossie' Lane, who died last year aged 94, will be a feature of a carving about the Sun Inn in St Mary Magdalene, Leintwardine, Herefordshire.

The tribute will be part of a misericord, a tip-up carved seat in the choir stalls.

Funds were raised from subscriptions and a pub beer festival at the 200-year-old establishment.

'Culture and characters'

The wooden carving, which is planned to be the first of six to be added at the church, will be polished in the next few weeks.

Flossie was born at the pub, which was originally owned by her parents.

The Sun Inn
Flossie Lane ran it in what was effectively her own front room

She took over the licence in 1935 with her brother Charlie, who died in 1985.

Flossie ran it in what was effectively her own front room without a conventional bar or counter.

Church spokesman Alistair Gloag said: "Designs for the first one [misericord] show the River Teme, which flows through the village.

"Many of the visiting fishermen ended up at the Sun Inn, so Flossie is featured rolling a barrel."

He added: "We're aware that these will remain for hundreds of years and we wish them to represent the culture and characters of our time."

The pub was bought by two regulars, Gary Seymour and Nick Davis, who were among villagers who campaigned to save the historic pub after the landlady's death.

BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman once described the pub as his discovery of the year.



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