A special party in honour of one of Huddersfield’s best-known landladies will be held on Saturday night.
Lorraine Sykes, 55, who has been at The County, Princess Street, for 25 years including around 12 years as licensee, has suffered serious ill health in recent months and will be unable to attend the leaving do which starts at 6pm.
But that has not prevented staff from putting on a party in her honour.
Bruce Armitage, 58, who has worked at the pub for many years, said she had worked at the pub since the days of former licensee Gerald Hinchliffe who died in 2013.
He said: “Lorraine had worked at The Greyhound and came to do dinner times at The County and worked at The West Riding too.
“When Gerald died another man took over but he didn’t last long and Lorraine ended up becoming the licensee.
“She has probably been here about 25 years altogether.”
The pub is popular for its lunches and also as a venue for concert-goers from the Town Hall.
Jay Weir, regional manager for Enterprise Inns which owns The County, said: “Lorraine has been an exemplary licensee and managed to maintain a strong business despite the town centre’s evolving pub scene.
“She will be sorely missed.
“We are committed to The County’s future though and Gary Guy who owns The Albert and The Ivy Green at Moldgreen will be taking over at least in the short term.”
Gary, who officially takes over the pub on Monday, said: “I love Lorraine to bits and I’ve known her a long time. It’s very sad.
“One of the staff, Charlene Shute, will be Lorraine’s full-time carer and we will be getting some new bar staff who are well-known around town including Rebecca Ryan who used to run the Union Bank.
“As a Tenant at Will I will looking to see if it’s viable on a tenancy.
“It could do with the decor brightening up and the toilets refurbishing and getting some more real ales to choose from.
“It’s going to be a very busy time for me as Enterprise are spending up to £30,000 on a new dining and outdoor area at The Ivy Green and work is due to start on Monday.”