A CHARD pub will be closed all day tomorrow (Wednesday, August 3) as family and friends hold a wake in honour of the former landlord.

The funeral for Steve Jones, who died after a short illness on July 11, will be held at Taunton Deane Crematorium before the wake takes place at the Phoenix Hotel, on Fore Street.

Steve, who was 48, had been at the Phoenix since 1999, taking it over with business partner Graham Baker nine years later.

Mr Baker has posted on Facebook: "The pub will be shut all day (and night) for the wake of Steve Jones.

"Also on Thursday August 4 the kitchen will be shut from 3pm, opening again on Friday morning. Sorry for the inconvenience."

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