Landlords at a well-known Island pub are calling time on their 17-year tenure come next month (May).

Kate Goldstone and David Whittaker, accompanied by dog Waggles, are retiring from the Sun Inn, Calbourne.

They plan to have pulled their last pint by the time their lease to the pub comes to an end on May 1.

Kate took over the running in 2006, alongside her sister, Sandra, who retired due to ill health in 2012.

Read more: Isle of Wight pub goes the extra mile for customers

Among the highlights of their reign at the Sun Inn include their work during the covid pandemic, which saw Kate open a shop to provide basic essentials for the local community.

They also started a home delivery meals service for customers in the local area.

Now, after years of 'hard work and commitment', the couple are bidding a fond farewell.

Isle of Wight County Press:

A post from the pub said: "All of the team would like to wish Kate, David and Waggles a very happy retirement and some well-earned rest!

"Kate, David and Waggles would like to take this time to thank you all – Staff, old and new, customers old and new, friends, neighbours, colleagues, suppliers and of course, to all our family.

"We thank you all."

The pub will continue to run as normal over the Easter holidays, and then the kitchen will close on Sunday, April 16.

After that, it will continue with our normal opening times for the bar and shop only.

The post added: "Visit us, while we’re still open.

"Our doors will close to this current chapter in the pub’s life on Monday, May 1."

It is not yet known what will come of the pub.

Kate told the County Press its future is 'being worked on'.