A community campaign to re-open a Lune Valley pub has had partial success after a Carnforth landlord stepped up to buy the venue.
The New Inn at Yealand is due to re-open “in the very near future” following a far-reaching campaign to save it.
Although The Committee of the Community Benefit Society managed to raise £110,000 in pledges, Barry Robinson, owner of The Longlands Hotel and Plato’s, has agreed a purchase price with owners Robinsons, securing the future of the historic pub.
A statement on the New Inn’s website said: “We have had to accept that even with the generous backing of investors and being awarded grant funding within the additional time constraint, that we would be unable to complete the purchase. However we are pleased to announce that Mr Barry Robinson a local operator has agreed a purchase price with the brewery and intends to reopen the pub in the very near future.
“We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in our campaign: our investors, our expert advisors, our supporters in the villages and wider area and those who have encouraged us from around the country.”
Mr Robinson was not available for comment.