Tributes paid to popular Leyburn pub landlord

Tributes have been paid to a popular pub landlord who has passed away.

Kris Orme ran the Bolton Arms in Leyburn with partner Louise Jones and had recently taken over the Farmers Arms in Brompton-on-Swale.

The Bolton Arms announced his death today on social media.

The statement said: “It is with the deepest sadness we inform you that Kris passed away peacefully on Wednesday.

“We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”

Richard Sanderson is chair of Leyburn Town Council and the Lower Wensleydale Business Network.

He said: “Kris and Louise came into the town and took on a pub which wasn’t really going anywhere.

“They managed to get some investment in and have turned it around into one of the busiest pubs in the town.”

The pubs are owned by Punch.

The company’s chief executive Clive Chesser said it was with great sadness that they learned of Kris’s passing.

He added: “He was a fantastic publican and together with his partner Lou and their family really put the heart back into the Bolton Arms, with great plans to repeat this success having recently taken the Farmers Arms also.

“We offer our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Lou and their family at this difficult time.’’

Tributes have also been paid to the landlord, who has a young family, on Facebook.

Mr Orme was described as a “bright, colourful, fun character” who had worked hard to improve the pub and would be greatly missed.

Having previously run a pub in Kent, Kris and Louise moved to the Dales in 2017.

It is understood Mr Orme died after being taken ill several weeks ago.