Cheers! Devonshire Arms turns 120

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Devonshire Arms 120 Years Old
Front row: (l-r) Joan Martin, Liz Hutchings, Valerie Walter, and Mags Martin (Liz’s daughter). Back row (l-r) Ronnie and Rebecca Toms

One of Bedford’s most popular pubs has celebrated its 120th birthday with landlords and ladies past and present raising a glass to mark the occasion.

The Devonshire Arms on Dudley Street was built by Wells & Co brewery back in 1899 and has been pulling pints ever since.

Ronnie and Rebecca Toms who currently run the pub invited previous landlords and ladies along to their birthday celebrations on Sunday (7 July), as well as some family members of those who are sadly no longer with us.

On the day, Joan Martin who ran the pub from 1980-98, Liz Hutchings granddaughter of Ken Barrell 1964-1980, Valerie Walter 1998 – 2010 and Mags Martin (Joan’s daughter) came along.

“The pub has evolved really well,” they said. “It’s still the same Devvy spirit with people coming in to be part of the Devvy community.”

“It was so lovely to see many old and new faces, proving that The Devonshire Arms was, is, and will always be a proper community pub,” added Ronnie and Rebecca.