Have a drink on us! Couple who ran pub mark 50 years

Clarence Robinson and his wife Enid who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary
Clarence Robinson and his wife Enid who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary

A couple who ran a village pub for more than forty years are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today (Friday).

Clarence and Enid Robinson, who live in Stone, managed The Red Lion in Haddenham for 45 years.

The couple took over the pub from their parents in 1971 before calling time on their spell in charge in 2006.

Enid, 68, said: “We met socially at a pub in Haddenham in 1962.

“My parents took over The Red Lion in 1965 and we later took it over from them in 1971.

“When we managed the pub it was our whole life, we had a very enjoyable time there.

“We have many happy memories and we made loads of great friends.”

Enid was born in Haddenham and went to the Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury while Clarence, 75, was born in Ashendon and went to Waddesdon School.

The pub closed suddenly in 2012 and Enid said: “It is very sad it is not open as a pub anymore.

“The owners lost the licence and the tenants decided they wanted to turn it into private houses.”

The couple are pictured behind the Red Lion’s pub mirror which they bought when they left the pub.

Enid said: “We bought it when we left because we think it could be an antique in the making.

“We were offered £120 for it but we refused because we wanted to keep it for the memories.”