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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Pub closure is ‘temporary’

THE sudden closure of Matfen's only pub is just temporary, according to its owner.

John Gibson, who bought the Black Bull nine years ago, says he hopes to reopen the pub within the next few weeks.

Local residents say they’ve been left in the dark since the doors of the Black Bull closed this weekend.

But Mr Gibson said the pub only closed on Monday night due to staffing issues.

The Sandhoe-based businessman, who also owns the Blue Bell at Corbridge and the Queen’s Head at Great Whittington, said: “There have been a lot of rumours going around the village and I can’t comment any further at the moment, but obviously it’s in my interests to get the pub back open as soon as possible, hopefully within the next few weeks.”

The Queen’s Head at Great Whittington was bought by Mr Gibson in 2008, but it too closed suddenly in September 2011 amid rumours that it had shut up shop for good.

However, it re-opened a few months later with new staff at the helm.