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Farmer saves local pub from chop

Dave and Deryn Jones (picture: the Powis Arms)
Dave and Deryn Jones are running the pub

A pub regular has bought his 18th Century local after he and other drinkers launched a campaign to stop it from being converted into houses.

The Powis Arms in Pool Quay, near Welshpool, Powys, seemed doomed when it closed following the death of the former landlord in August 2006.

But farmer Dave Jones and his wife Deryn stepped in and bought the pub, which has since been renovated.

Regulars started a petition and had support from local MP Lembit Opik.

Mrs Jones now runs the pub during the day, while her husband helps behind the bar in the evenings following a day's farming.

'Great news'

"Dave's family have farmed next door to the pub since the 1800s and Dave always drank at the pub," she said.

"He was part of the campaign to save it, but one day he asked me if we could make a go of running it and it all went from there."

Since the pub reopened Mrs Jones said business had been "better than anticipated".

The Powis Arms (picture: the Powis Arms)
Regulars launched their campaign to save the Powis Arms last year

Fellow pub campaigner Debbie Brown said she was delighted a local couple had bought the pub.

"I am so pleased for them and the community," added Mrs Brown.

"I think they'll have a thriving little business - it's great news."

The pub, which stands on the banks of the Montgomery Canal, has always been a popular watering hole for thirsty canal boat tourists and people walking the Offa's Dyke and Severn Way paths, which pass through the area.

But when it closed in 2006 its original owners, Powis Estates, put it up for sale, but when a buyer could not be found plans were drawn up to convert it.

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