Landlord Ted marks 56 years behind the Welldiggers bar

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Ted Whitcomb marks 56 years this year as landlord of the Welldiggers Arms on the outskirts of Petworth. And for most of them he has hosted meets of the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.

As a thank you to the 81-year-old Mr Whitcomb, the hunt commissioned a photograph of him standing, with hounds, outside the Welldiggers at this year’s meet.

Hunt chairman Nick Bamber presented the framed picture, taken by Colin Barker, at a meet of the hunt in Petworth Park.

Mr Whitcomb’s son, Richard, said: “Dad never went hunting but he has always been very supportive, as my grandfather, Henry, was.

“He had the Welldiggers for nine years and dad took it on in 1956, running it with my mother, Pat, who died in 2002.”

During his half-century at the pub, Mr Whitcomb has changed it very little, his son added.

“It is pretty much as it was the day he walked in there – a traditional country pub.”