End of an era as John pulls last pint

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A landlord has pulled his last pint at a village pub that has been run by his family for eight decades.

John Heraty, 61, landlord of the Carpenter’s Arm, in Dale Abbey, pulled his last pint on Tuesday August 19.

John – known locally as Mr Dale Abbey – is the third generation of his family to run the popular village pub which has now been taken over by new tennants.

When John’s grandfather served his first customer in 1932 beer was the equivalent of two and a half pence a pint, Ramsay MacDonald was prime minister and the BBC made its first experimental television broadcast.

John’s sister, Kathleen Roberts said: “The pub has left the family now as nobody was in a position to carry it on.

“We will still drink in there and have reunions there.”

Their grandfather Benjamin Clements and wife Lucy took over at The Carpenter’s Arms in April 1932. They had three daughters and a son, including Kathleen’s mum who was 13when they took over.

The pub was packed in June when a party was held to mark them leaving. John had run the pub since June, 1980.

Kathleen said: “We had lots of fun in the pub, over the years, including fancy dress parties, any opportunity to celebrate.

“It was a sad day to hand it over. The family had been there 82 years and thoroughly enjoyed it, but there comes a time when you have to move on and it was time. I hope it continues to flourish.”