A well-known Market Rasen couple have been able to relax and enjoy the festive season this year after retiring from their town business.
Jane and Ken Bridger have cooked their last breakfast and made the last bed at Waveney Cottage B&B in the town’s Willingham Road, which they have run for the past 16 years.
They have decided the time has come to retire from the business and spend more time with their family, which includes 12 grandchildren.
“We have loved our time running the B&B and want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years,” said Jane.
“A lot of Rasen residents have recommended us to family and friends and the network of support within the town has been great.
“Jossal’s has been amazing sending people to us.
“People arrive in the town on bikes and look for somewhere to stay and lots of people would often send them our way.
“Being part of the business network is an important part of life in the town.
“Everyone needs to work together, if they don’t everyone loses out - the customers, the traders, everyone.”
Although running a B&B is very tieing, the pluses have far outweighed the minuses.
“We have worked hard; whenever we were out we were always clock watching to make sure we got back in time for guests arriving, but we have enjoyed it,” said Jane.
“It has been really nice meeting lots of different people - we just love people; it would have been harder if we didn’t.
“Out of all the people we have had to stay, there are maybe just a couple of folks who have been a bit difficult - we have been very lucky.”
Before taking on the B&B, both Ken and Jane had worked in local government and took on Waveney Cottage as a way of stepping away from the stresses of work.
But for Jane, it was also a chance to come home, as she had grown up in Market Rasen.
Her father, Harold ‘Spadge’ Farrow, worked at Starbuck’s and then Rustons, while her grandmother was the first district nurse in the town.
Jane said: “I would like to find out more about my family, and there are many other interests we both want to pursue.
“We will both continue to be involved in town life too, with Ken on the council.”