The landlords of a west Suffolk pub who are celebrating 40 years in charge say it has been an "absolute privilege" to serve the community.

Colin and Sue Pearce took on the licence of The Greyhound in Ixworth's High Street from Greene King back in 1982.

Mr Pearce was 27 years old when he left his job working as a storeman and forklift driver in nearby Mildenhall to operate the pub with his wife.

Under their stewardship, The Greyhound has been at the centre of community life in Ixworth – with the pub known for raising money for charity and hosting events.

It is also home to local dominoes, cribs, darts and pool teams, where league matches are regularly played.

In recognition of the Pearces' 40-year stint, Greene King has brewed a special beer and the couple were presented with a commemorative plaque by Greene King Pub Partners' managing director Wayne Shurvinton.

The new beer will be available for regulars of The Greyhound to enjoy at the pub.

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Mr Pearce said: "Running The Greyhound and serving the people of Ixworth is an absolute privilege.

"I think our key to success over the last 40 years has been putting the community first - be it looking after our locals and regulars or hosting events and charity fundraisers.

"What pubs do has changed a lot in 40 years – as has Ixworth – but there will always be a place for a good local pub like The Greyhound."

Mr Shurvinton added: "It is an honour to present Colin and Sue with their plaque in recognition of their 40 years operating The Greyhound.

"It is a monumental accomplishment and one fitting of such an inspiring couple who do so much for the local community. I look forward to many more years of working with them."