Mum sick with worry after Christening venue closes

OUT OF POCKET ... Zoe Traill with partner Paul Owens and their daughter Anabelle Owens. Below, The Office.

OUT OF POCKET ... Zoe Traill with partner Paul Owens and their daughter Anabelle Owens. Below, The Office.

A YOUNG mother says she ‘feels sick’ after finding out a pub hosting her daughter’s Christening has closed its doors.

Zoe Traill paid a £50 deposit to book The Office, in Victoria Road, South Shields, for the event on October 19 – and only found out it had closed when she read about it in the Gazette.

Miss Traill has already sent out invitations to more than 100 guests.

She went to see pub manager Jodi Ford, who left the venue last week, but was told pub chain Camerons Brewery was responsible for maintaining upcoming diary dates.

Now she says the firm has told her to ring up every week to find out if the watering hole will re-open ahead of her big day.

She has so far not been given her deposit back.

Miss Traill, 26, of Roseberry Avenue, South Shields, says she can’t take the risk that the pub will be back in business in time for six-month-old Anabelle Owens’ Christening – leaving her with a frantic scramble to find a new venue.

She said: “We booked a Christening with The Office’s manager, Jodi Ford, in July. I only found out about it being closed when I read a story in the Gazette about The Office closing.

“I just felt sick. I need the venue to be big enough for 100 to 200 people.

“I’m now worried about finding a new place for the Christening. I can’t take the chance that it won’t be open by then.

“The pub has said I should just ring up every week to see what is happening in terms of them re-opening.”

Mrs Ford, who has now opened new live music venue The Sound, at the former Brunswick pub in Laygate, says she passed on all deposits and diary dates to Camerons Brewery.

She said: “We left The Office last Monday. We passed on all deposits and diary date information to the brewers. I tried to contact everyone who had booked events with us.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get hold of a couple of people, one of whom was Zoe.

“I have offered them the chance to have the Christening at our new premises.”

Camerons Brewery was contacted for comment, but had not responded as we went to press.





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