The Trawden Arms have done it. From left Mick Horne, Jack Holland Dave Webber, Sharon Whitaker, Martyn Whitaker, and Glenn Dunleavey (Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)
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Pub regulars have thanked generous Mirror readers for helping save their boozer.
Last week we told how regulars of the Trawden Arms in Lancashire were drinking in the last chance saloon as the pub was up for sale and they feared it would be snapped up by a developer and turned into flats.
The pub’s plight mirrored that of hundreds up and down the country with figures estimated that one in five pubs were at risk of closure due to the financial pressures caused by the pandemic.
They started raising cash to buy it as a community asset for their Lancashire village which gives the pub its name.
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From left – Dave Webber, Glenn Dunleavey, Mick Horne, current landlord Martyn Whitaker and Jack Holland celebrate
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)
But 72 hours from the sale deadline, they found themselves £75,000 short of the target and feared the last pub in the village would close for good.
That was until kind-hearted Mirror readers dug deep after we featured the regulars’ plight as part of our Save Our Pubs campaign.
Donations flooded in from across the country, with some of our readers even pledging £1,000 to buy a slice of the pub and save it from extinction.
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This means the village steering group who had been battling to save the pub have now been able to put in an offer.
If the pub purchase is successful Trawden and its community-minded residents will become the first village in the country with a community-owned pub, library, community centre and shop.
Dave Webber, chair of the committee, said: “The Mirror campaign really gave us the boost we needed to get over the line and we can’t thank readers enough for their donations and investments.
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"Quite a few Mirror readers are about to become part owners of a village pub and one lucky person will be getting a beer named after them!
“The residents of Trawden have taken a massive step in creating their own piece of history and we are all excited at agreeing the purchase of the pub on behalf of the residents.”
Landlords Martyn and Sharon Whitaker who had struggled to keep their heads above water during the pandemic said: “We are delighted that the community pulled together like this and have done so well in their campaign to save the pub.
Cheers for generous Mirror readers
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)
"It’s a great relief the pub will continue serving local people and visitors alike in the future.”
The legal process of buying the pub will take around 8-12 weeks and during that time the pub committee will advertise for and appoint a tenant to lease the pub.
Meanwhile the chance to buy shares in the pub will till remain open for anybody who wants to invest.
For more details visit trawdenarmsmorethanapub.com