Family of first tenants bid fond farewell as Ancholme pub in Brigg faces demolition
TIME has been called on a Brigg pub that is set to be demolished.
But the family of the landlord and landlady that pulled the first pint were able to enjoy one final visit before the pub is pulled down.
The Ancholme Inn, on Grammar School Road, has had its roof removed as Keigar Homes begin flattening it.
Doug and Cynthia Craigie were the first licensees of the pub when it opened its doors back in 1960.
And prior to the demolition, son Peter, daughter Pamela Dolan and grandsons Gavin and Stephen were given special permission by Keigar to visit the pub for one last time.
Peter said: "They took over the pub on May 3, 1960, when I was 12 years old.
"I was there until 1966 when I joined the RAF and my sister until 1969 when she went to university.
"It was nice to have a look round before it was demolished.
"Me and my sister were saying, 'this used to be my bedroom, this was yours' and it was nice to go back and remember.
"I have been back to the pub since as I had my wedding reception there and my son Stephen had his wedding reception there, so there is quite a lot of family connection to the pub."
Peter said many people would remember the live music nights that were so popular at the pub, hosting acts such as The Casuals and Maureen and the Freeways.
"People used to come from all over to see the bands," he said.
"The basic outline has not changed and it is more or less as I remember it.
"It was a great place to grow up. What really killed it was when they reduced the number of people that were allowed in the back room. We used to get about 250 in there but health and safety said the fire exits could only handle 150."
Peter said that people's drinking habits had changed, which led to the decline of the pub – something which he said was sad to see.
Doug went on to help out at pubs across North Lincolnshire, including the Horn Inn, Messingham, The Lincoln Imp and The Chancel in Scunthorpe.
Keigar Homes took on ownership of the pub in September and once demolished, the site could make way for a housing development in the town.
Keigar bosses were given permission to build a 60-house development last year and the group has outlined a similar style of application could be submitted once demolished.
Doug died in 1993, with Cynthia passing away this year.
Gavin Craigie said: "My grandad was a man who lived his life through coincidence and I don't think there can be a bigger one than the pub being knocked down in the same year as when my grandma died.
"A lot of family memories are attached to the pub."