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Would you buy your local pub to save it from closure?

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Inside Out North West visits the Salford pub bought by regulars when it closed

Traditional British pubs are closing at an alarming rate. But how far would you go to save your local?

When Robinson's Brewery called time on the Star Inn in Salford last year, regulars decided to put their hands in their pockets to save it.

Tim Warden
One thing we said at the start was: if we find ourselves sat in our houses at Christmas drinking bottled beer, we'll wish we'd tried. So why not try?"
Tim Worden, Star Inn co-operative

They formed a co-operative, threw their life savings into a kitty and, on 6 November 2009, bought their much-loved local at auction for £80,000.

With less than two months to go before the busy festive season, the group faced a race against time to get the pub ready to open. But open it did, the Saturday before Christmas.

Margaret Fowler, a university lecturer and member of the Star Inn co-operative, said: "I've been most impressed by how much people care. It was always a bit of a gamble but it's been so easy to do, it must be right."

Another regular, local GP Tim Worden, said they were determined not to let the Star Inn fade without a fight.

"The one thing we said at the start of the project was: if we find ourselves sat in our houses at Christmas drinking bottled beer, we'll wish we'd tried. So why not try?"

Have Your Say

According to the British Beer & Pub Association, 2,377 pubs in the UK closed in 2009: that equates to two per week in the North West - the fastest rate of closure since the number of pubs were tracked in 1990.

We want to hear if your traditional pub has closed and what effect it's had on your community.

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SEE ALSO
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22 Jul 09 |  Business
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