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2007 Mark Rose
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"Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the
"A father told he would never work again after serious injuries in a car
accident has become a pub landlord. Mark Rose was involved in an horrific crash
in France in 1990 but has since recovered from head injuries, a broken shoulder,
broken ribs and a dislocated jaw. Doctors told him he would never walk again,
work or have children and on all three counts he has proved them wrong. Now the
42-year-old, with wife Michelle and daughters Kelly, eight, and Hannah, three is
preparing to re-open the Struggling Monkey, in Aldridge, Walsall, next Friday.
The pub in Northgate, was closed in mid-January after the former landlord left.
Mark, who plans to turn it into a thriving community pub, says the trade runs in
the family. His parents, George and Pat, ran The Four Seasons nearby, which is
now awaiting demolition. After 12 months looking for premises he said: "I drove
past the pub on the Sunday, looked around on the Monday, brought Michelle over
on the Tuesday and by Wednesday it was mine. I have signed a 21-year lease so
we're here for the long term." Mark, originally of Bridgnorth said doctors told
him there were so many things he would never do after the accident "but they
victim Mark back to run a pub"
in Express and
Star February 2nd 2007