Battle of the boozers

PUBLISHED: 14:06 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009

Support your local

Support your local

ACT now or the great British pub will be a thing of the past. The is the message from the WHT and whtimes24.co.uk as we launch our Back Your Boozer campaign. The traditional local is fast becoming extinct due to brutal taxation, last year s smoking ban an

ACT now or the great British pub will be a thing of the past.

The is the message from the WHT and whtimes24.co.uk as we launch our Back Your Boozer campaign.

The traditional local is fast becoming extinct due to brutal taxation, last year's smoking ban and supermarket giants selling bargain basement booze.

We want our readers to get behind Times Territory pubs before it's too late.

It is with this rallying call that we launch our new Support Your Local campaign.

Many rural pubs and independently-run establishments are in grave danger of closing due to the increased difficulty for publicans to make a living.

Laura Kearney, landlady at the Sun Inn in Lemsford Village, cited "astronomical" price hikes in everything from the cost of the building to the price of beer.

She also claimed that the announcement in last month's Budget to add four pence to the price of beer has caused her to put 13 pence on her sale price.

"I do not think people realise how close they are to not having a local," she said.

"We are working hard for very little money and all the Government is doing is hitting us harder and harder while supermarket booze gets cheaper and cheaper.

"It's killing us.

"Where else can you go and have a drink and meet a builder, a plumber and a doctor all chatting together at the bar? The pub is integral, so important to any town or village."

Ms Kearney said that it was not just the future of her pub that she feared for but that of all public houses in the area.

"I want to help raise awareness for every pub because we are all in the same position," she added.

"People need to support the local pub and keep them open."

We want to hear from publicans and readers who back our campaign. Email ben.griffiths@whimes.co.uk


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