The pub remains closed and the flowers are piling high as a small Lincolnshire village copes with the loss of one of the county’s youngest pub landladies.
Rebecca Wells took over reins as landlady of the family-run country inn a year ago, aged only 19.
The Queen’s Head in Station Road, North Kelsey, catered for locals and villagers alike, and was a popular spot for Sunday lunch.
Dishes ranged from steak and ale pie to pan-fried pheasant, flambéed in brandy served in a creamy shallot sauce on toasted brioche.
Guests praised the pub and its staff, especially Rebecca.
But tragedy struck last week when Rebecca was killed in a car crash last Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the incident involved just her vehicle, a Land Rover Defender, which was in a ditch in Station Road.
Emergency services attended and the young publican was pronounced dead at the scene.
The tragedy has led to an outpouring of grief on social media, with Rebecca’s death following that of another young woman in a fatal accident.
Louisa Conway, a 23-year-old trainee teacher, of Ulceby, originally from Skegness, died after a car crash in North Thoresby on Friday November 7.
Lincolnshire Police is still making inquiries into Rebecca’s death. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Lincolnshire Police Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 558855 or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 237 of November 11.
“Childhood memories to adult memories”
Flowers mark the entrance of the treasured pub where Rebecca Wells still has her name over that door.
“Best boss in the World. We will miss you always. RIP Becky. Love Emma,” said one tribute.
“Childhood memories to adult memories. Miss you my old friend. Love you lots, Louise,” said another.
“To our beautiful niece Becca. Taken from us far too soon. Love you always. Aunty Sarah. Uncle Brett and Danni,” said another.
“RIP Becky. It’s so sad. We will miss you always,” added one that was unsigned.
In addition, the Market Rasen Mail’s Facebook page received nearly 20 comments.
Sheila Pickering: “Such a waste of a beautiful young lady so sad condolences to the family.”
Scott Hand of Moortown: “Nice person such a shame.”
Helen Payton: “My son knew her from school, what a sad waste of a young life.”
Ross Grayson: “My thoughts also go to the family/friends, as you’ll have to endure at least six months of many questions, no answers until an inquest is made public.”