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?"
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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.