Brewery pays couple three years after firePublished Date: 07 July 2005Legal action by landlord ends in ?32,000 payoutBY PAUL JEEVES
A pub landlord and his wife have finally received a ?32,000 brewery payout ? three years after losing all their possessions in a fire. Terry and Lyn Jones were lucky to escape with their lives when fire ripped through the Dyneley Arms at Pool Bank in October 2002.
Because of unsatisfactory refurbishment work carried out to the pub by brewery Samuel Smiths, the couple were unable to get contents insurance for their personal property.
And before the brewery could amend the situation, a design fault in the pub's new fire sparked the blaze that tore the picturesque hostelry apart.
Tony and Lyn, who had been at the pub for three years, lost absolutely everything in the fire.
Tadcaster-based Sam Smiths brewery gave the couple ?2,000 "goodwill" to allow them to buy some clothes and also housed them in an unused pub cottage.Offer
They were also offered relief management work which they accepted, even though it meant a lot of travel across the country.
But then the brewery told Tony that his contract at the Dyneley Arms had run out and instead he would be put on a relief-manager's salary which he claims was worth ?5,000-a-year less.
The couple decided they could not afford the offer and left the business but continued to demand a compensation for their lost possessions.
However, with the pub laying empty, no payment was forthcoming and the couple were finally forced to launch legal action.
They have now finally received ?32,000 to restart their lives.
Tony, 48, who is now managing a golf club in Lincolnshire, said: "It has been a real long haul but we have got there in the end. We cannot really believe how we have been treated and just feel relieved to have finally got some money so we can start replacing everything we lost."
The Victorian pub is currently boarded-up although plans have been submitted to return it to its traditional 1908 layout.
A spokesman for the brewery refused to comment on the matter.
paul.jeeves @ ypn.co.ukSource: Yorkshire Evening Post