William Hague reopens pub at Moulton where he proposed to his wife

Foreign secretary William Hague with the new owners of the Black Bull Inn, Michael Ibbotson (left) and Chris Blundell (right)

Foreign secretary William Hague with the new owners of the Black Bull Inn, Michael Ibbotson (left) and Chris Blundell (right)

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FOREIGN secretary William Hague has officially reopened a North Yorkshire pub  - revealing that it was there he proposed to his wife.

The MP for Richmond unveiled a plaque to mark the official reopening of the popular village pub, the Black Bull Inn at Moulton, near Richmond today (Friday, April 11).

At the ceremony he revealed it is where he proposed to, Ffion.

The pub, once renowed for its seafood, closed in 2012.

It has been revived after investment from the North Yorkshire-based Provenance Inns group, owned by Chris Blundell and Michael Ibbotson.

Mr Hague MP said: “I am very excited about the reopening of The Black Bull.

“Many thousands of people in this area and beyond will have very fond memories of this place and it is wonderful to see how it has been transformed for the future with brilliant interior design.

“Many years ago, I used to come here a lot. In fact somewhere in that corridor in the old configuration is where I proposed to my wife on the 21 February 1997.

“There used to be a table with curtains around it, and that is where we were – although it nearly didn’t happen when someone joined our table for rather longer than I would have perhaps liked.”

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