THE FIRST STEPS…
The Duke of Marlborough is cooperatively-owned, professionally-run and, since summer 2017, buzzing. That’s after having been closed for over two years. Without a determined campaign, it could have been lost forever.
In December 2014, the previous owners retired, and the doors of the Duke of Marlborough shut. In the absence of buyers interested in running a pub, there was a high risk of the building being delicensed and sold as a private residence.
Having long outlived the King’s Head and the Griffin, it was the last pub in the village. With the loss of the Duke, centuries of traditional pub hospitality in Somersham would have come to an end.
Fortunately for the community, a member of the village’s farming family, local doctor Sarah Caston, came to the rescue. Refusing to accept the closure as permanent, she called a public meeting, gave the rallying cry, and started the Save The Duke campaign. A committee was formed, and the years of hard work began.