Publicans go dry for Ronnie the regular

Landlady and landlord of the Rose and Crown, Greetland, Janette Summerscales and Andrew Judson who have given up alcohol for September for Overgate Hospice.
Landlady and landlord of the Rose and Crown, Greetland, Janette Summerscales and Andrew Judson who have given up alcohol for September for Overgate Hospice.
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A pair of pub landlords have put down their pint glasses in memory of Ronnie, their beloved regular who recently passed away.

Janette Summerscales and Andrew Judson are the landlords of the Rose and Crown pub in Greetland, and have set themselves the difficult task of staying teetotal throughout September in memory of their friend.

Ronnie Downsborough was regular at the pub for many years but sadly passed away at Overgate Hospice, Elland, in April.

Ms Summerscales said: “We’re often found upstairs having a bottle of wine with the regulars after the bar has closed.

“For September we’ll still be serving alcohol to our customers but we’re not going to touch a drop.”

The couple had decided to improve their health by cutting back on alcohol, and took the opportunity to raise sponsorship money for Overgate Hospice at the same time.

Ms Summerscales said: “It will be hard but we’ve said if we give in we’re going to match the sponsorship money, which is more than £1,000!”

The publicans say although it’s been difficult giving up the drink, they’ve been keeping themselves entertained by watching everyone else’s weekend antics.

Mr Downsborough died peacefully in the hospice on April 28 when he was 74 years old. When he found out that his illness was terminal he told the pub landlords he was happy to be joining his wife Mary, who died 6 years previously.

He is survived by his daughter Sharon, her husband Darren and his grandchildren Gemma, Jade, Amy, Emily.

Janette and Andrew have set up a Just Giving page online to raise funds and are also accepting donations at the bar on evenings and weekends.

For more information see visit www.justgiving.com/Janette-Summerscales