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RITA CALLS TIME ON THE PUB SHE'S ALWAYS CALLED HOME
12:00 - 06 October 2004
Drinkers will be raising their glasses for a farewell toast to a landlady who is leaving the historic Staffordshire Moorlands pub where she has lived all her life. Rita Wainwright, aged 65, and her husband, Keith, aged 73, are selling the Grade II-listed Marquis Of Granby in Church Lane, Ipstones, and looking for a retirement home in the village.
Thirteen years ago the couple took over as licensees from Mrs Wainwright's mother, Selena Burston, who is now aged 88, who was at the pub for 49 years.
The free house is a hub of the community and a regular meeting place of village organisations such as the Royal British Legion Ipstones Action Group and Churnet Valley Railway volunteers.
It is named after a celebrated 18th century Army officer who figured in the 1760 Battle of Warburg in Germany. In an Anglo-Prussian cavalry charge against the French, the nobleman lost his headgear and wig, giving rise to the phrase "going at it bald-headed."
Mrs Wainwright said: "I was born here in 1939 when my dad ran the pub. I love living in Ipstones. People are so friendly. The only other place I would consider living in is Foxt, which is still in the parish.
"When I left school I worked for my parents and was never employed anywhere else. Keith has worked here since we married 46 years ago.
"The best days were in the 1950s and 1960s when the factories of Thomas Bolton at Froghall and Brittain's Paper at Cheddleton were in full swing. The shift workers would call in for a drink before and after work.
"In those days we were supplied by the John Joules Brewery at Stone. It was a sad day when Bass bought them out.
"There were more characters about then. All the men seemed to have nicknames."
For several years the Wainwrights have run bed and breakfast accommodation at the pub to cater for visitors to Alton Towers.
The couple have a 45-year-old son Martin, who is a tanker driver for Lafarge Cement, Cauldon Lowe, and two grandchildren.
While many rural pubs are closing, Ipstones manages to support four.
Mrs Wainwright explains: "We all have a speciality. We are a traditional pub without a juke box, The Linden Tree has food, The Sea Lion has games, and The Old Red Lion has entertainment."
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