Land­lady’s glass runs over with amaz­ing mem­o­ries

Much-loved Tina says farewell af­ter 11 years at Red Lion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Tina Massie, land­lady of the Red Lion in Knotty Green, Bea­cons­field, stepped down from the role on Satur­day, Jan­uary 9.

She has been at the pub for 11 years and is now set to move away from the area.

Her last night in­cluded mu­sic per­for­mances by dif­fer­ent bands and singers who had reg­u­larly ap­peared at the pub’s open mic nights, and was held so that Mrs Massie’s fam­ily and friends could see her off.

She has re­cently been di­ag­nosed with a form of MS and feels she needs to leave the pub in or­der to cope with the ill­ness.

In her time at the pub, Mrs Massie has won a num­ber of awards for her work, in­clud­ing a Pride of Bucks prize for her cul­tural con­tri­bu­tion, as well as see­ing the Red Lion of­fi­cially listed as a com­mu­nity as­set.

It also re­ceived a Great Bri­tish Pub award as the best com­mu­nity pub in Lon­don and the South East.

Her hus­band Bob said: “It was great, an ab­so­lutely packed house, and ev­ery­one had a great time.

“The lo­cal fire brigade even turned up to say their good­byes.

“They’ve been very sup­port­ive over the years at the events that Tina has or­gan­ised and they wanted to come along to give their sup­port.”

Mrs Massie also launched the an­nual Voice of South Bucks singing com­pe­ti­tion as well as the Knot­fest mu­sic fes­ti­val, which has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity since it be­gan.

She and Mr Massie are now set to move near to Sto­kenchurch and are hop­ing to con­tinue to run a ver­sion of Knot­fest later this year.

Mrs Massie said: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who’s come along to the pub and sup­ported the events we’ve held here.

“There have been some amaz­ing mem­o­ries in my time here but it’s time for the next chap­ter now.”

Tina Massie par­ties with reg­u­lars at the Red Lion and left, win­ning the Pride of Bucks

Cul­tural Con­tri­bu­tion award in

2014

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