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Last Updated: Friday, 23 June 2006, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Old book town pub to be restored
The Three Tuns fire (picture: Eric Pugh)
The fire destroyed large sections of the pub's roof
A 400-year-old Powys pub partially destroyed by fire is to be restored after being sold at auction for 251,000.

The Grade II-listed Three Tuns in Hay-on-Wye had been in landlady Lucy Powell's family for 85 years.

She had intended to restore the pub, but said she was "under-insured".

New owner Ian Burgess, 32, said he hoped to reopen the pub within a year, with buying and restoration costs of about 500,000.

Mr Burgess, who owns a mail order company and lives in Hay-on-Wye, said: "It was not strictly a business purchase. There was an element of emotion.

'Great memories'

"I have enjoyed going to the Three Tuns in the past and I intend to restore it as sympathetically as possible."

With a guide price of 150,000, the pub was auctioned in Hay-on-Wye on Thursday. Former landlady Miss Powell was there to see the business started by her father sold.

Miss Powell said last week she was sad to see the pub go, but had "great memories" of her time there.

The blaze, which started in the roof of the property in February 2005, was caused by an electrical fault.

Miss Powell has claimed it was a watering hole for many well-known figures, including the Great Train Robbers while they were on the run in 1963.




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