Pop­u­lar Moni­fi­eth pub The Crown Inn, which is run by the fam­ily of £148 mil­lion Euromil­lions win­ner Gil­lian Bay­ford-deans, has un­ex­pect­edly closed its doors.

Staff Mau­reen Ham­mond and Julie Robb were among the 12 em­ploy­ees told the news yes­ter­day. Pic­ture – Kim Cess­ford.

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS [email protected]­courier.co.uk

A pop­u­lar Moni­fi­eth pub run by the fam­ily of £148 mil­lion Euromil­lions win­ner Gil­lian Bay­ford-deans has closed without warn­ing.

Twelve staff at The Crown Inn were told at 11am yes­ter­day that the pub had closed and was be­ing put up for sale.

Shocked work­ers were told there is no prospect of the High Street pub re­open­ing un­til new own­ers are found.

The Crown is owned by David Tassie but its lease is held by a firm listed at Com­pa­nies House as The Crown (Moni­fi­eth) Ltd.

The com­pany’s four di­rec­tors in­clude Gil­lian Bay­ford-deans’ par­ents Brenda and Ian Mccul­loch and brother Colin Mccul­loch.

They took over run­ning the pub less than 18 months ago.

Ac­counts filed in Septem­ber show be­tween Septem­ber 15 2017 and March 31 2018 the com­pany made a loss of £26,676.

Julie Robb, 34, has worked be­hind the bar since she was 18 and was told she had been made redundant in a phone call yes­ter­day morn­ing.

She said: “There was no fore­warn­ing. It has come com­pletely out of the blue.

“I got a phone call at 11 o’clock this morn­ing to say the pub is shut and will not be re­open­ing.”

Julie added: “I’ve worked there for 16 years and there have been sev­eral dif­fer­ent man­agers in that time.

“It was a re­ally busy, suc­cess­ful pub up un­til they took it over.

“We tried sev­eral times to step in and fix what was go­ing wrong.”

Julie added she hopes a new buyer can be found for the pub soon.

Colin Mccul­loch has been ap­proached for com­ment.

Mr Tassie said: “I was ad­vised by my ten­ant this morn­ing that he was clos­ing the door im­me­di­ately.”

He added that if the li­cence hold­ers have been de­clared bank­rupt then he will be­gin ad­ver­tis­ing for a new ten­ant as soon as pos­si­ble.

Mrs Bay­ford-deans won the £148 mil­lion Euromil­lions jack­pot with her then hus­band Adrian in 2012.

The cou­ple di­vided their for­tune in half when they di­vorced.

Last Au­gust she mar­ried Brian Deans.

Mrs Bay­ford-deans was cleared of as­sault­ing ex-part­ner Gavin Innes when po­lice ruled there was “in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence” to pro­ceed with a case against her.

There was no fore­warn­ing. It has come com­pletely out of the blue

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Ex-staff mem­bers Mau­reen Ham­mond and Julie Robb out­side The Crown Inn.

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