Shock and sadness after Lichfield pub closes its doors
A woman who ran a Lichfield pub has revealed her “upset” at the venue’s closure.
The George IV had been a key venue on the city’s music scene prior to the doors being shut.
Kayleigh Blades admitted the closure was a personal as well as professional blow.
“It’s still very raw and I’m still very emotional about it at the minute,” she explained. “The pub was a massive part of my life and I put so much work into it.
“I always felt that the customers and staff were my family and I’m so upset that I’ve lost all of that.”
“I’m very sad and wasn’t ready to leave something that we worked so hard for.”
The closure came after a dispute regarding a switch of tenancy meant changes to the way the business was charged for electricity and beer, leading to a legal case which is still ongoing.
But despite the continued battle over the circumstances regarding the George IV’s closure, the pumps are – for now – remaining off.
“We spent all hours of the day and night on the floor with the customers,” Kayleigh added. “I’m very sad and wasn’t ready to leave something that we worked so hard for.”