Wakefield’s longest serving landlady to pull last pint

Linda Bullough, 63,who is retiring on Sunday after 29 years pulling pints at The Magnet pub on Dewsbury Road.
Linda Bullough, 63,who is retiring on Sunday after 29 years pulling pints at The Magnet pub on Dewsbury Road.
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LAST orders has been called on Wakefield’s longest serving landlady whose career has spanned almost 30 years.

Linda Bullough will pull her last pint at The Magnet, on Dewsbury Road, on Sunday.

The 63-year-old great-grandmother has been running the pub since 1982.

But regulars will still see Mrs Bullough at the other side of the bar finally getting the time to enjoy her favourite tipple, a vodka and bitter lemon.

She said: “Some of them are upset I’m going but I’ll be in all the time – I’m in two pool teams and the darts team.

“And I’ll be doing karaoke twice a week.”

Mrs Bullough used to run the pub with her husband William.

But sadly he died last June after battling throat cancer.

Before the Magnet, they also ran the Strafford Arms, on the Bull Ring.

In the three decades she has been running the pub, Mrs Bullough has seen many changes in the industry.

She said: “It’s changed a lot over the years. We had the smoking ban, the introduction of all-day drinking and now the supermarkets are selling beer so cheaply.”

Throughout her time at The Magnet, Mrs Bullough has helped to raise thousands for charity including more than £1,000 towards the Wakefield Express Breast Cancer Appeal. She said: “We’ve always supported the local charities, we used to give them £200 here and there whenever we could.”

Mrs Bullough, who lives in Durkar, plans to spend more time with her family of four daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, with another two on the way.

She said: “I’ll have to get myself a little part-time job because I know I’ll be bored.

“I’m also looking forward to getting out on my bike more, doing a bit of gardening and going to the gym.”

All Mrs Bullough’s regulars have been invited down to the pub to enjoy a farewell party on Sunday night.