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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tim Farron visits The Greyhound Inn

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A MEMBER of Parliament pulled the pints – and then pulled no punches in championing community pubs.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron turned up to show his support for volunteers who are keeping a local public house afloat.

The Greyhound Inn in Grizebeck was taken over by the local community in January to save it from closure.

Mr Farron, who is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Save our Pub Group, chatted with members of the Greyhound steering committee and also went behind the bar to pull a couple of pints on Friday evening.

The MP said: “The village pub should be at the heart of the community, a place to meet and chat to people that otherwise you might just see around and wave to occasionally.

“It helps to keep up the community spirit of the place. I know that other pubs have been taken over by local people and been successfully preserved.

“I'd like to think that what is happening at the Greyhound might serve as something of an inspiration to other villages in Cumbria that risk losing the hub of their community.”

“We are trying to make sure that the government helps other rural businesses, as well as pubs, in these tough economic times.”

Greyhound committee member Martin Salter-Smith said they were very pleased to have the MP’s support.

He added: “We have been going in the right direction since January and turning over enough for a part-time chef.

“We are also interviewing for a couple to run the bar full-time but volunteers are still going to be needed.”

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