Wendy and Chris Plucknett are closing the Prince of Wales pub in Freshwater after more than 40 years behind the bar. Picture by Robin Crossley.
LAST orders has been called by the Island’s longest-serving landlords, who have finished pulling pints after 40 years in a West Wight pub.
Chris and Wendy Plucknett closed the doors to the Prince of Wales, Freshwater, for the final time on Sunday.
The couple took over the pub as tenants in 1974 and decided to buy the freehold from Whitbread in 1989, having being given notice by the brewery.
Chris, 71, originally from Newport, explained: "It’s been an amazing journey but it had got to a point where we weren’t even taking enough to be VAT registered and we would have had to use our pensions to keep the pub running.
"We’ve sold the land to building developers but we will continue to live in the pub itself.
Wendy, 69, who came to the Island from Derby, added: "Times were different in the 70s, when people used to queue outside the pub to get in on a Sunday morning, but the supermarkets have taken over with cheap beer.
"It still hasn’t sunk in that we are actually closed."
The couple have two children, Jan and Dean, five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren and Chris added: "We have had some wonderful support from our customers and formers customers, who have visited us over the last week.
"But, now, we plan to sit back and spend some more time with our family."