Sutton Bridge hotel - once owned by Wisbech fish and chip boss Christopher Boyle- 70 per cent destroyed by fire

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham - Credit: Archant

A disused hotel – once owned by Wisbech fish and chip shop boss Christopher Boyle and later considered as a possible a holiday centre for Help for Hero war heroes- was badly damaged by fire early today.

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham - Credit: Archant

The semi derelict Bridge Hotel at Sutton Bridge caught fire leading to a large scale fire brigade presence from Lincolnshire and Norfolk fire stations.

At 9.21pm Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue service said it had been called out to the fire on Bridge Road with five fire engines and a water pump called out.

By 3am the fire had been put out with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service saying there had been damage to 70 per cent of the building and no one had been injured.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service sent fire engines from West Walton and Kings Lynn South stations and the aerial ladder unit and support from Kings Lynn North station.

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham - Credit: Archant


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Four years ago gulf veteran Gulf veteran Mike Taylor abandoned his bid to buy the hotel.

The Bridge was later sold for £195,000 to entrepreneur Mark Andrews who hopes to re-open the 19 bedroom historic hotel.

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However last year Mr Andrews won permission to demolish the building with the aim of building flats on the site.

Mr Taylor of Sutton Bridge said he did not bid for the hotel because it needed too much money spending on it. He had hoped to buy the hotel and add a 200-seat cinema, library, museum and gym.

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham

Fire at the Bridge Hotel in Sutton Bridge. Picture Georgina Larham - Credit: Archant

He hoped to raise up to £1.3 million to finance the project and provide up to 500 holidays a year and create up to 22 full time and 49 part time jobs.

However he said that after talks with Government ministers and the Ministry of Defence he felt the best way forward was for Bridge for Heroes to become a national charity instead of a local organisation.

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