Meet the landlady: Chrissie Bullard

A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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HAVING grown up helping out in her grandmother’s pub, Chrissie Bullard always knew she was destined to follow in her nan’s footsteps and become a landlady herself.

She started working in the pubs collecting glasses for her nan and as soon as she turned 18, Chrissie landed a job behind the bar at Pontins Holiday Camp.

After just one season at the camp, she moved to London and started running pubs there.

She said: ‘I always knew I wanted to be behind the bar.

‘I am a real people person and love the social aspect of working the bar, but you have to because you are here 24-7 when everyone else is off, even at Christmas time.’

Chrissie managed a series of venues in London before running pubs for Southern Counties Taverns for 12 years in various locations across the south of England, including the Rainbow in Chichester.

But having been a customer in the Salisbury Hotel many years ago it was always her dream to take it over.

‘I used to drink here when I had a flat with a friend round the corner and I always really liked it,’ she added.

‘And I wanted to move closer to my mum who lives in Cosham and have the chance to be my own boss, rather than working for a company, so I was really happy when the lease become available.’

Having taken over the pub in March 2009, Chrissie is now close to her regulars and will be doing the 10k Race for Life with a group of them on July 24.

‘I wanted to do it for personal reasons, but it’s great to be able to share it with them,’ she said.