Pop­u­lar Moni­fi­eth hostelry closes doors as staff told they no longer have jobs.

STAFF SHOCKED: No warn­ing as pop­u­lar pub run by EuroMil­lions win­ner’s fam­ily shuts its doors

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee 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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