The landlords of a Dales pub are fearful it could be knocked down to make way for more housing.
Shortly after renewing their tenancy at the Laburnum Inn, Hackney, Ian and Lynwen Pidgeon discovered it had been put up for sale by its owners, Admiral Taverns.
The couple had taken over the running of the pub four years ago and worked hard to build up its reputation.
Ian said: “The pub boasts two football teams, three boules teams, two pool teams, a ladies darts team and is an established meeting place for various other sports and social groups.
“We’ve got a great cross section of people from OAPs to young lads and it good to see.”
The pair, helped by their family and members of the community, ran the pub without taking a wage for themselves.
Ian continued: “It’s never been about the money, it’s about the community, it’s about supporting our teams and our teams supporting us.”
The premises has been put up for sale for £250,000 excluding VAT.
The couple hope that a like–minded person will come forward to buy the business and look after it the way they have done.
“They could treat it as a blank canvas and do what they like with it,” Ian said.
“There are so many houses being built around here and a lot of them are standing empty.”
Lynwen added: “We felt great disappointment when we found out it was up for sale.
“When you can’t even manage to keep a pub open – even when your working for nothing – and they still manage to force you to close it’s a great shame.”
Ian and Lynwen join a long list of pub landlords who have struggled to keep their businesses open during the recession.