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MetiNews.Com - Frank Collins, 91, says the risk of catching coronavirus means he may stay shut until September
Breaking News ! Pubs and bars may be reopening across the country this weekend to the delight of many - but for Britain's oldest landlord it's not even on his radar. Frank Collins, the 91-year-old owner of the Dog and Partridge at Sowood, near Outlane, says it is too much of a risk for him to open given his age and the possibility of him being infected inadvertently by coronavirus. He has stared death in the face three times after suffering from serious cancer diagnoses as well as being nearly blown up on an aircraft carrier in 1948 when a colleague fired a pistol in circumstances which could have triggered an explosion. The ultra-traditional pub which dates from the 1800s has been in his family's hands since his father Jack bought it in the 1950s with his legendary mother Mabel running it for years. Mabel Collins, legendary landlady of The Dog and Partridge (Image: Family archive/Frank Collins) She died aged 95 in May 2001 and some regulars still refer to the pub as Mabel’s or Uncle Frank’s. Frank, who carved out a successful career in the textile trade, says the risks of opening up are too great for him. Read More Related Articles How NHS will cope with a second wave of coronavirus Read More Related Articles Boris Johnson refuses to rule out tax rises in wake of Covid-19 He said: "I'm putting myself on the line if I do and it's just too much of a risk at my age. A stranger coming in could easily infect me so it's not worth it at this stage.
Frank Collins - 89 year old landlord of the Dog & Partridge, Forest Hill Road, Holywell near Sowood
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"I have had three months off so a few more won't go amiss. I have been watching TV and going for a walk, I've plenty of memories so I have lots to keep me occupied. "My niece Alison comes round regularly which is good. I have just about finished with textiles, I had a warehouse at Marsden but I have vacated it." Frank is a very canny businessman and was one of the very few people to ever get the better of textile entrepreneur Lord Kagan in a deal.
Party time! Ania Rozz, Margaret Hardy, Frank Collins, two female revellers and Bob Hardy help celebrate Frank's 90th birthday
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Frank who loves a party and who danced in the rain for his 90th bash, added: "And sometimes I see regulars who come and have a chat outside when the weather is good. "I'm not spending owt and I'm not making owt! I think maybe by the time we get to September that will be a safe time to open up as long as this virus doesn't kick in again."
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