Suffolk

Cherry Tree pub in Yaxley, Suffolk has 18-year-old landlord

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Media captionCharlie Watts says being Suffolk's youngest landlord will be cool

A Suffolk pub is getting a new 18-year-old landlord when he has his birthday this weekend.

Charlie Watts is to take over as licensee from his father at The Cherry Tree at Yaxley near Eye.

He was already working in the pub for his family and said it was an easy decision to become landlord.

"It seemed natural to keep going here, because it is hard to find a job right now and I've got a ready made job waiting here," he said.

His father Andy has taken a new job elsewhere and he has given his son the chance to take over while mother Nikki runs the post office, which is based in the pub.

Image caption The pub, near the A140, is also home to the village post office

'Big shoes'

"It feels overwhelming to be in charge of your own business - it's just weird," said Charlie.

"I've been told they are big shoes to fill, but if I can do it 50% as good as he did, I'll be happy with what I've done, because the amount of hours he puts in is ridiculous.

"Getting in to that routine is going to be hard, but I'm going to have to buckle down and get used to it."

Nikki Watts said: "When we're upstairs in the flat I'm his mother, but when we're downstairs working - we're a team."

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