Last night, diners and staff were evacuated swiftly as smoke bellowed through the roof space of “Ye Olde Six Bells” in Horley, quickly followed by flames.
“Ye Olde Six Bells” is reputed to be the second oldest public house in the country being over 700 years of age.
It was founded from a simple idea by a gentleman named Norman Lord in the 9th Century, who required ‘substantial refreshment after a long service in the nearby church of St Bartholemews’, which is where the pub takes its name from the 6 bells which originally hung there.
A representative for the owning chain “Mitchells and Butler” who was in attendance, briefly commented that the building was safely evacuated and no injury had been reported. They added that as local residents were worried, as far as they could establish, the historically listed part of the building had been saved.
SUSY Radio reporter, Neil Munday, was on site and spoke with American visitor and diner, Dan Siler:
XIX(19) Squadron RAF Air Cadets is the local squadron for Crawley who have an active community role and promote the lifestyle of the RAF whilst developing teenagers through skills, experiences and education.
Unfortunately, due to health and safety concerns, the squadron building has had to close which is a huge loss to the cadets. This building is used to host parade nights twice a week, where all the cadets meet to enjoy a range of activities including DofE, flight simulation, fieldcraft and adventure training.
The money that they are looking to raise will help keep the cadet experience going for the 51 Air Cadet teenagers of Crawley and will help provide them with valuable equipment and resources.
SUSY Radio presenter, Joe Exler, spent four years with the squadron therefore having a personal interest in this mission and wanted to find out more:
SUSY Radio, along with our colleagues at other LOCAL radio stations up and down the country are joining in to celebrate Local Radio Day again this Friday.
Launched in 2016, the day highlights the value of local radio and celebrates the relationship between radio stations and their listeners. Last year over a hundred radio stations celebrated local radio by doing something extra special in their transmission areas.
As part of our involvement, Chrissy Muir will be presenting her programme from 10am – 12 noon and introducing special guest, Tim Glynne Jones, Organiser of local New Music Nights and New Music Festival. She will also feature some special surprises, and hear from some local people and what they have to say about local radio.
Following Chrissy’s programme, 12 noon – 2pm, join Neil Munday LIVE during our outside broadcast from County Mall shopping centre, Crawley.
Come and visit us between Costa Coffee and Greggs/McDonalds, and say “hello”!
Chrissy hopped on the train from Gatwick to East Croydon, Surrey to check out the first ‘CroCroLand’ Music festival on the 6th April, catch DJ Peter Fox who kept the music going with his skills in between the bands, and Chrissy review the amazing event and hear tracks from some of the bands.
The day after the event, Foxy was hanging with none other than Croydon’s hero Captain Sensible.
The Captain has been recording locally at Panther Studios with Paul Gray, Bass player for the Damned and Local Drummer, Marty Love, from the Weird things and Johnny Moped.