Villagers are toasting success this week after winning their battle to save their local pub.
People living in Bamford have spent 18 months working to secure the future of the Angler’s Rest, which they intend to run as a community hub.
Their efforts looked to have been in vain when the pub’s owners Admiral Taverns agreed to sell the property to a developer – but after rescinding the deal, the company have now agreed to sell it to the Bamford Community Society (BCS).
Mark Bawden, of the BCS said: “The only issue we have now is that fundraising has been suspended for the three weeks since Admiral exchanged contracts with a third party.
“Although we have raised enough money to buy the pub and do the immediate work required, we are relying on a loan to make up the balance.
“At the moment we have £184,000 in shares, but the full cost is £320,000, so we would urge people to buy a share.
He added: “This new venture is going to be the heart of the community and the fact that it is run by and for local people will make it a real community hub.
This is a real triumph for local people over big businesses.”
Admiral Taverns Managing Director Kevin Georgel said that “strength of feeling” expressed by Bamford residents had been recognised.
He said: “Consequently, in the days since the original sale was agreed in August, and in the wake of considerable campaigning by the BCS, we have worked to rescind the sale agreement.
“We believe we have acted reasonably and with the highest integrity – our motivation has always been was to secure the future of the pub.”
Mr Georgel sent his apologies to anyone who “misinterpreted our intentions” or who was upset by their actions.