ONE of Driffield's most revered social venues is to shut down in eight weeks, with the loss of three full time jobs and a number of part time positions.
Bosses of the popular restaurant and function rooms known as the Fours Winds have announced that they are to close the premises on October 5.
A function venue has operated on the site just outside Driffield in various guises since the Second World War and the Four Winds has been in its current ownership for the past three years.
Tom Megginson, a spokesman for the Four Winds, said they were very sorry for the inconvenience that the closure decision had caused to people with existing bookings but the timing of the decision had been planned to minimise the impact on such bookings.
And he stressed that it would be business as usual until the restaurant closes and bookings before the October 5 deadline will not be affected in any way.
"It has been a difficult decision to make", said Mr Megginson.
"We are blessed with the best manager and staff you could hope for, together with many loyal customers, and we feel very sorry for all concerned. However, the decision has always been inevitable, as for many years a very significant programme of investment in the property has been required and this simply could not be justified.
"Despite increasing turnover year on year since taking over the premises and having our best performance by far this past year, we have come to the conclusion that the limited amount of custom available in the Driffield area is unable to support a stand-alone business such as ours. We are obviously very sorry not to be able to continue to provide the service that we did to the community and we thank all of our customers for their loyalty.
"Many have said how much they will miss us and this is a great tribute to all of the staff."
He concluded: "There are currently no plans as to the future of the premises, but it is unlikely that they will reopen as a hospitality venue."