A couple were forced to live in a tent after they were given only a week’s notice to move out of the pub they were tenants of.
Gemma Maverick and her husband Nathan had only been running The Wellington on Merseyside since May when pub chain Marston’s ordered them to pack their bags.
The couple had moved into the accommodation provided along with Gemma’s three children.
Gemma says that she had to scatter her children, aged 11, 13 and 15, with various friends and family to prevent them being made homeless while she and Nathan spent two nights camping in a tent in a farmer’s field near Shrewsbury.
The brewery claimed that they were forced to act because takings at the venue in Hale Village were significantly down, although Gemma says that was only because they were left without a chef.
She said in quotes reported by the Liverpool Echo : “We gave up a four-bedroom house in Wrexham we rented for a new start and a new life.
“We have worked our butts off but then were told by the brewery, ‘we’ve got some bad news, you’re being given notice.’ We were given a week to clear out of the pub.
“Because we didn’t have a chef, food sales weren’t as good. But the beer sales were fine and we had events booked, including a Tom Jones tribute act and other bands coming in, along with karaoke and bingo.
“The Wellington is the heart of the village. I’ve been crying my eyes out for days.”
Gemma also said they had received complaints from “two people in the village” about noise issues at the Town Lane pub, locally known as “the Welly”.
While the couple were living in a tent, the three children were each living at different addresses, two in the Shropshire area and one in Liverpool.
The family have now been given emergency accommodation at a Travelodge hotel for a week.
The couple had previously run a music venue in Wrexham and said they also had experience running pubs.
Gemma has a total of seven children and one grandson, while husband Nathan is a member of a Sex Pistols tribute band.
A spokesperson for Marston’s said: “We are disappointed it didn’t work out for the previous licensees at the Wellington.
“It is a popular pub and unfortunately it was not performing at the level we would expect and that it has traded in recent months. It is important for us that the pub reflects the vibrant community it serves.
“We never take these decisions lightly. However, in this instance it is the right decision for the Hale community and for us as the pub’s owners.
“We agreed for the previous licensees to store their belongings and car on site whilst they secure new accommodation.”