Town pub reopens after two years with 12 jobs

A town centre pub which has been closed for more than two years is to re-open as a retro bar.

The Litten Tree, in Silver Street, Wellingborough, is opening at the end of November as Woodies, a bar for the over-25s, and it has already employed 12 members of staff.

New landlady Karlee Edmunds said: "The response we have had from residents has been extremely encouraging and we are confident that a retro concept is just what Wellingborough town centre needs.

"With the lease now signed we will immediately start to fit out the premises with the theme being a '70s discotheque. We are planning a very kitsch interior with mannequins, including Austin Powers."

Live jazz bands and tribute acts will be on the menu at the venue, which will be open seven days a week, as well as music from the '70s, '80s and '90s.

Rob Morris, owner of Funkadeli, which is opposite the Litten Tree, said: "I think it's great. Hopefully it will bring in some more trade for the street.

"They've got the right idea. It's going to be for over-25s, so it means it will be sensible people going in there, rather than just the young ones wanting cheap drinks."

Woodies – which will be open from 10am until 2am from Sundays to Thursdays and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays – will also be setting up darts and pool leagues, with fixtures played during the week.

Katie Bond, 22, of Henshaw Road, Wellingborough, said although she isn't old enough yet to frequent the bar, she think it's great to have something new in the town.

He said: "There's not enough good pubs in the town. It's good to hear of something different.

"I think we need a bit more to do around here. There's not a lot at the moment."

Samantha Jones, a surveyor at Underwoods, the firm which let the bar, said: "We are pleased that the concept will bring something new to the town and wish Karlee every success."