It was with much sadness that I attended The Chase on Saturday 22 March 2014, knowing that it would probably be the last time that my friends and I would be able to perform punk songs on the karaoke and generally have a lot of fun on a weekend.
Brian and Jane Sankey were to be leaving the pub, having given it their best shot at bringing some alternative entertainment to Market Rasen, however in the end it was a case of our town not being ready or willing to embrace landlords and ladies like them.
The Chase has been a problem for many years, we all know that but it is always sad when you see a managing team have to give up on their dreams in the hope of making the pub profitable and a real asset to the town.
Brian and Jane tried but ultimately failed to make the pub a genuine going concern, and I believe that the Co-Op (owners of the building) have to take some of the blame in that they have a responsibility as well.
I don’t know what the answer is to The Chase question, I just hope that it does not fall under the same owner of the other establishments in Market Rasen, otherwise we face becoming a one-horse town as competitiveness would then come into question and it’s never good when a single body has a controlling interest in the assets of a small town like ours.
Brian and Jane, I wish you all the very best wherever you end up.
Myself and the lads will really miss you as you were excellent hosts and we had a lot of fun over the last few years. I know that my singing left a lot to be desired and I’m probably not such a knowledgeable beer connoisseur as I think I am - however next time I hear any Sham 69, Sex Pistols or even “Gay Bar” on the TV, I will raise a glass to absent friends, although I am not sure that the beer will be 41% strength!!
The Furlongs, Market Rasen