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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Fears for Cumbria village over pub sale

FEARS have been raised that the loss of its only pub could spell the “death” of a village community.

But the owner of The Punchbowl Inn at The Green has moved to reassure villagers that he wants to try to sell the business as a going concern.

The Punchbowl Inn is the only pub in the village and has been on sale for around one month.

Residents had expressed fears about the future of the establishment, which is the host for a variety of clubs and teams in the village.

However owner Andrew Gardner, from Millom, said the pub was a viable business and he had not decided to shut up shop completely.

Mr Gardner says he is selling the pub to focus on his other business interests.

He said: “As a business it has been going well, and I am looking to sell it as a going concern. There has been some interest but no firm offers so far.”

Estate agent Harrison Coward has listed the two bedroom property for £325,000.

Its website describes the property as: “A noted traditional public house set in the hamlet of The Green, having the additional benefit of significant development potential (subject to formal application).”

Regular punter Jen Williams, from Mill Park, says the pub is vital for the local community.

She said: “Without it you would have to go to Millom or Broughton for a drink and to socialise, and if it closed it would be very bad for the community. I am in two quiz teams there called the Punchdrunks and The Green Horns, and we would have to find somewhere else to go; we have already stopped the darts team while we wait to see what will happen.

“We just hope they can keep it open. The village already lost its post office a few years ago and it could lead to the village dying.”

Elsewhere in south Copeland, Bootle became the only parish in the borough without its own pub after The King’s Head Hotel, on Main Street, shut its doors in June.

A former regular said at the time: “You don’t get new people stopping by now. You miss the local craic, and you can’t keep up with what is going on in the village.”

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