The Traveller’s Rest pub in High Street, Workington – once the most popular pub in the town - has closed.
It was at the peak of its powers in the 1960’s and 70’s, and continued to have popular appeal, particularly for meals, when Keith Daglish was the landlord.
But situated on the very edge of town it was always vulnerable to the modern trend and sadly has just become another statistic in the escalation of pub closures, not just in west Cumbria, but across the country.
The pub closed after Monday night’s weekly quiz session, hosted for several years by Jimmy Walsh, for a number of different landlords.
It means that the hard-working Traveller’s Rest Supporters Club – staunch followers of Workington Town RLFC – will be looking for a new home base.
Linda Pettit has been running the pub, following Keith’s retirement, and it has been for let for a number of months. It received some publicity last year when Linda revealed how there had been several spooky sightings over the years.
The Traveller’s Rest ghost had been experienced by a number of former licensees and their staff.
There has been no official announcement on immediate plans for the pub – re-opened in the future or demolished for private development? Time will tell.