Ivy returns to former pub in Shouldham

Former Landlady of the King's  Arms Shouldham re visits New look Pub. Back Row FLtoR Lynn Ward.Irene Keppie. Dawn Ward. Ray Clark. Front LtoR Current Landlord Ian Skinner. Former Landlady Ivy Ward. Christine Ward. ANL-150913-175357009
Former Landlady of the King's Arms Shouldham re visits New look Pub. Back Row FLtoR Lynn Ward.Irene Keppie. Dawn Ward. Ray Clark. Front LtoR Current Landlord Ian Skinner. Former Landlady Ivy Ward. Christine Ward. ANL-150913-175357009
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A belated birthday bash saw former King’s Arms landlady Ivy Ward return to the pub where she first worked back in the 1940s.

Mrs Ward, from Littleport, was in charge at the Shouldham public house back in 1947, when she was the youngest landlady employed by Bullards.

She pulled the pumps for five years before moving on to the Anchor Inn on Brandon Bank.

Her daughter Lynn explained: “We went back to the pub about 10 or 15 years ago when it was on its way out and didn’t realise it had reopened again until recently.

“My mum turned 90 in January and it was a bit of a belated birthday treat. She has had a few medical issues and this was one of her first times out since then.

“She had a lovely time and was telling us about how the café used to be used as a piggery.”

Current landlord Ian Skinner said: “We gave Ivy a guided tour of the pub. She really enjoyed reminiscing about her time her and how some things have changed. We were delighted to have her.” Pictured, Ivy Ward, a former landlady of the King’s Arms, at Shouldham, revisits the new-look pub. Back, from left, are: Lynn Ward, Irene Keppie, Dawn Ward, Ray Clark. Front: Current landlord Ian Skinner, former landlady Ivy Ward and Christine Ward. mlnf15mf090080