New landlords for town pub

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One of Buckingham’s town centre landmarks, The Whale, on Market Hill, changed hands yesterday, Thursday.

Former landlord Clifford Thirkettle, who ran the pub since July 2011, has handed over the lease to Oliver Rowlinson and Philip Averell, the owners of the successful Student Keys letting agency on Bridge Street.

Jacqui Boyle, the former bar manager of the University of Buckingham student union, has taken up the position of bar manager.

Licensee Mr Rowlinson, aged 20, told the Advertiser: “We’re looking for bar staff and we’re looking to help grow and develop the Buckingham economy in a positive way.”

Mr Rowlinson said it will be business as usual at The Whale.

He added: “There won’t be any change until our refurb on July 8, when the pub will be closed for about two weeks.”