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Plea to drinkers after more Cumbrian pubs close

Punters are being urged to keep the tills ringing after two pubs called last orders for the final time.

Penrith pub photo
The Gloucester Arms in Penrith

The Gloucester Arms and Druids Arms, which are both in Penrith, are the latest in a long line of Cumbria’s pubs to close in recent times.

Campaigners fear more could follow this month, which is traditionally a quiet period for the pub trade.

Alan Welsh, chairman of the Solway branch of Camra (the Campaign for Real Ale), is calling on communities to support their locals during the expected lull for landlords.

He said: “So many pubs are closing and quite a few in and around Carlisle have shut recently.

“It’s important that people use pubs otherwise they won’t be there in future because they are businesses at the end of the day.

“Unfortunately people’s habits have changed and they don’t go to pubs as much as they used to.

“We are asking pub-goers to visit their local maybe just one more time than they normally would this month.

“We’re not saying go out and get drunk but maybe just have a meal and a couple of drinks.

“Most pubs did reasonably well over Christmas but it’s a case of keeping the tills ringing during January when it’s quiet.”

Dozens of pubs have closed across the county as punters opt to stay away.

Cumbria has seen the recent high-profile closures of the Magpie in Botcherby, Carlisle, and Brampton’s White Lion, to name just two, during the past year.

And nationally 26 pubs are shutting down every week, according to latest figures.

However there has been some success stories, including the Queens Arms in Warwick-on-Eden, which has gone from strength to strength since being taken over early last year.

And the News & Star understands that the recently-closed Druids Arms, one of Penrith’s oldest pubs, has been taken over and could be set to reopen.

Meanwhile, Camra has launched its Pubs and the Economy campaign to highlight the importance of the pub industry.

The organisation is also calling on the Government to freeze beer duty in this year’s budget.

Mike Benner, Camra chief executive, said: “This support could play an important role in saving many British pubs.”

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I have got over it, I drink and smoke in the warm at home now, so do many thousands of other people it seems.

Posted by mv on 11 January 2014 at 01:01

The smoking ban wasn't society 'evolving'. The smoking ban was a law imposed on people who mostly didn't want it. So I'm going to carry on banging on about it, thank you very much.

Posted by Frank Davis on 10 January 2014 at 15:24

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