Residents of a Lune Valley village have made a rallying call to save their local pub.
Villagers in Yealand have started a campaign to save the New Inn, after owners Robinsons revealed plans to put it up for sale.
The Friends of the New Inn say the Stockport based brewery had previously said the pub was only closed for renovation, and spoke of their shock that there were plans to put it up for sale.
Andy Denwood, chair of the Friends group, said: “It has been poorly managed in recent times.
“But it’s not long since the bar was regularly packed with locals.
“It’s also been a destination pub, pulling people in from all over the North.
“With good management and intelligent investment I’m confident the New Inn will thrive again.”
The New Inn has been shut for more than eight months and locals say virtually no refurbishment has taken place.
More than 60 people met in the village hall at Yealand on Thursday, July 9, to launch a campaign to save their pub.
Yealand Conyers Parish Council is now expected to nominate the The New Inn as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ (ACV).
This would recognise the role it plays as a hub for community activities. If Lancaster City Council agrees, the ACV could impose a six month moratorium on the sale of the pub – giving villagers a chance to raise the money to bid for it themselves. But they are also hoping that other operators might come forward to buy and run the historic pub.
A spokesperson for Robinsons said: ““At Robinsons we have a policy to support our community and traditional pubs. However as many other brewers have found some of our smaller pubs have struggled to remain viable businesses in recent years for both the licensees and the brewery. Reluctantly we have taken the decision to sell the New Inn in Yealand Conyers; these decisions are always difficult and only taken after a lot of careful thought and consideration.”