Many of us feel we are destined to do a task, and Alison Wearn knows she was destined to run a pub.
The popular landlady, known to customers as Ally, is not new to The Lawrence Arms, as her mother and father, Janet and Brian Anthony, previously ran it for seven years.
The family then sold up, but three years later Ally knew she wanted to get the pub back.
Ally, 31, said: ‘When my family owned the pub I was working behind the bar and became really attached to the place.
‘We decided to leave to try our hand at other jobs.
‘But there was something about working in pubs that always made me want to go back.
‘I guess you could say it’s in my blood because I’ve grown up with it.
‘When I was younger my parents used to own a pub in the Channel Islands.’
And one of the biggest pulling points for Ally was the social aspect of running a pub.
‘Being a landlady is never just a job, it’s a way of life,’ added Ally.
‘No matter what you do you’re always in the pub, and you get to know people.
‘One day a customer might be talking about a job interview, and then the next day they come in and say they have got it.
‘It’s great to know we have the support of local people too because smaller pubs are losing out to bigger chains.
‘When Michael told me he was going to collect signatures, I was surprised.
‘I was pleased to see so many people back the pub.’