As a ward councillor and a member of the licensing committee, I attended the funeral of Nottingham Castle landlord, Richard Would, today at All Saints Church in Westbrook.
It was a touching and emotional ceremony with a church filled by friends and family, to mark the passing of a well-loved local figure, whose life was tragically cut-short as a consequence of the violent assault that took place in the pub on the evening of February 24th. Whether his subsequent sudden death will be treated as a murder, is still uncertain but I am certain that the community in Westgate wishes to see the perpetrators of the assault bought to justice without further delay.
Richard left behind Lynne, his wife of 30 years , seven daughters and a son. He came to Thanet in 1998 and made a valliant effort to change the Nottingham Castle from the anti-social bar it had become under the control of its previous landlord, into a family pub. His success was reflected in the number of people that attended his funeral today.
He will be missed by all his patrons and by the community and my deepest sympathy goes to his family at their loss.