“In Honour of Becky”- younger sister takes reins of Kelsey pub

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The Queen’s Head in North Kelsey re-opened last night, three weeks after the tragic death of landlady Rebecca Wells.

The 20-year-old lost her life in a car accident last month, after taking over the family-run pub a year ago.

Now, her younger sister Katie is to run the pub, in honour of her late sister.

The Queen’s Head in Station Road, North Kelsey Moor, was a popular spot for meals and beers alike.

The pub closed as a mark of respect to Rebecca after she died when her Land Rover Defender ran off the road into a ditch on Station Road on Tuesday November 11.

Police say no other vehicles were involved in the 3.40pm incident. Emergency services attended and the young publican was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest was opened and adjourned at Lincolnshire Coroner’s Office last month, and letters have been sent out to the family.

The inquest isn’t expected to be heard until next year.

Following the tragedy, flowers and other tributes were left at the pub door, to remember the 20-year-old, who was described as “the best boss in the world” who was taken “far too soon.”

Rebecca’s funeral was on Thursday November 27 at North Kelsey Methodist Chapel.

This week, Katie Wells told the Rasen Mail how she was to take over as landlady.

“Yes it is all a terrible shock (what happened),” she said.

“I want to build it into a good pub. I want to carry on in honour of my sister.”

Aged just 18, Katie might become one of the youngest pub landladies in the country, but already she has some valuable experience for her new challenge.

“I have already worked in the pub, behind the bar, waitressing and helping out,” she said.

In addition to meals and drinks, the pub also has motel-style accommodation units.

Situated in the small village of North Kelsey Moor, between Market Rasen and Caistor, it’s also close to Brigg and Humberside Airport.

Katie, who grew up in North Kelsey, attended North Kelsey Primary School and Caistor Yarborough School.

She also went to college in Lincoln to study childcare, but the tragedy has pushed her life in a new direction.

The teenager is being backed by the pub’s four staff as well as her mum Catherine, keen to keep Rebecca’s flame alive.

“They are all very supportive. They are all behind me,” Katie said.

Running pubs is something of a family business. Katie’s father Rowdy is also known for running the Brandy Wharf Cider Centre, until it closed earlier this year.

The teenager has been planning events and managing the hostelry.

“We are still taking Christmas bookings. We have a few parties booked and there’s a Christmas party with live music on December 20.”

The pub will be open over Christmas and the New Year too.

“We aim to keep it going as Rebecca wanted. She tried to modernise the pub and make it more welcoming when she took over. But I may make changes as we go along. Mum and dad too are also both very supportive,” Katie added.