●● PUB landlords are back in business after a telecoms blunder left them without their phone line for five weeks.
James and Jane Kennedy, who own the Sutton Gamekeeper on Hollin Lane, Sutton, were unexpectedly cut off on August 10.
With no telephone line or internet, the couple said bookings plummeted, costing them thousands of pounds in lost income. Now after five weeks their provider, BES telecoms, has finally got their original number back.
Mr Kennedy said: “It has been a nightmare. We lost a lot of money.
“Thankfully a customer came to our rescue and offered a portable card payment machine to use while the line was down. That really helped us. The community was great at spreading the news of our situation.”
A spokesman for BES told the Express that the problem had been caused by another provider taking the line. ●● PLANS submitted for the area include a two storey extension and internal alterations at Fold Cottages, Cock Hall Lane, Langley; the construction of a building to store tractors and farm implements at Tolletts Farm, Leek Old Road, Sutton; a rear single storey extension at 82, Robin Lane, Lyme Green; demolition of the existing house and the erection of a replacement dwelling house with glass link and the re-use of a barn for ancillary use at Highlow Farm, Clarke Lane, Langley. ●● TICKETS are still available for a one-off gig in Langley by American singer Lisa Mills. Lisa, from Alabama, fell in love with the village during a holiday.
She has made friends in the village and was invited to return for a concert.
The singer will perform a special one-off gig at Langley Village Hall on Saturday, October 24. Tickets are £12 (£10 conc). Call 01260 252325.