Staff get day off for Jubilee

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Garden centres are usually packed on bank holidays but one restaurant and nursery is closing for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so staff can join the celebrations.

Beckworth Emporium at Mears Ashby will close on Monday, June 4, and Tuesday, June 5, so staff can enjoy the festivities at home with their families.

David Brown, co-owner of the award-winning restaurant, garden centre and food hall, said: “I think most people will think we’re a bit mad closing on the bank holiday Monday and Tuesday, which are traditionally our busiest days.

“But in the end, this a very special time and we want to ensure that our staff, who work so hard all year round, have the chance to join in the local and national celebrations as they wish.”

The closure is temporary and the emporium, which won Restaurant of the Year in last year’s Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards, will be open as normal on the Saturday and Sunday.

Staff are pleased at the chance to celebrate the historic occasion. Kerry Dodson, who works in the food hall and is looking forward to raising a glass at home, said: “I think the Jubilee is going to be a really great occasion for the country so being off gives us a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s long reign with our families.”

Shirley Cooke, who works in the restaurant, said: “I have a get together planned with all the family so I’m delighted to have a couple of days off.”

Alison Williams, people and communications director for the emporium, which already gives staff paid holidays on their birthdays, said: “We simply wouldn’t be the place we are without the staff so doing what we can, including closing the doors for a couple of days like this, is simply our way of saying thank you.”