Hopes high for fire-hit Drovers

Drovers Inn. (1304025AM3)
Drovers Inn. (1304025AM3)

The owners of a popular local pub which was destroyed in a majopr blaze have thanked the people who have got in touch with messages of support.

The Drovers in Dallowgill went up in flames over the Easter bank holiday weekend, with fire breaking out at around 9.30pm on Sunday, March 31.

Owner Simon Bostock has said: “We have had a lot of support and kind comments, and my wife and I are very appreciative of these expressions of sympathy, as indeed are landlords Steve and Lynn Kemp.”

Since the Herald first reported the fire web reader Chezan wrote: “Such shocking news. We have gone to The Drovers for several years, usually for an excellent Sunday lunch, and couldn’t ask for a friendlier landlord and landlady in Steve and Lynn. Devestating news! Very sad. Thoughts are with Lynn and Steve who always made everyone so welcome.”

Hopes are high that the pub will be rebuilt, and the neighbouring Moorhouse bed and breakfast is currently being repaired after smoke damage. It should reopen within the next few weeks, Mr Bostck said.

He added: “The building is too badly damaged to do anything other than demolition.

“I am talking to the insurers about options to reinstate but it is too early to say exactly how and what we will do by way of reinstating. Obviously we will have to build something in sympathy and keeping with the area.”

The tiny pub was famous for hosting Bing Crosby, who shot on the Dallowgill Estate, and reportedly once played thepiano in the Drovers.

A fire service spokesman said the cause of the fire is currently unknown.