A couple who have been pouring pints in a west Suffolk pub for more than 40 years have been recognised at a national awards ceremony. 

Colin and Susan Pearce, who run The Greyhound in Ixworth, received the Lifetime Achievement award at the Greene King Pub Partners Night of Excellence.

The couple have been behind the bar since 1982 and recently the pub was named Rural Pub of the Year by CAMRA.

East Anglian Daily Times: Colin and Susan Pearce of The Greyhound in IxworthColin and Susan Pearce of The Greyhound in Ixworth (Image: Greene King)

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.

The pub is also home to dominoes, crib, darts and pool teams, where league matches are regularly played.

The Greyhound is a very traditional pub with three bars and a central snug. It also serves lunch and has a restaurant area for its dinner menu.

East Anglian Daily Times: Landlords Colin and Sue Pearce with the award from CAMRALandlords Colin and Sue Pearce with the award from CAMRA (Image: Greene King)

Speaking about their award, Mr and Mrs Pearce said: "We are over the moon to have won the Lifetime Achievement award at the Night of Excellence awards.

"This award is truly special as it signifies for us the connection we have with The Greyhound and the local community. It is a real honour.”

Sam Wortley, business development manager for Greene King Pub Partners, said: "I cannot think of a more worthy winner for this award than Colin and Susan.

"Their commitment to The Greyhound and the community of Ixworth is truly special. The lifetime achievement award is fitting for such an inspiring couple and licensees.”

During the night, Greene King handed out 14 awards including Community Pub of the Year to Entertainment Pub of the Year.