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Foundations shook and gob-fulls of tea were spat out here at The Stag Company when we picked up our daily newspapers to find that 25 pubs were closing each and every week. We love our local boozers down here in Brighton and as a country we’re inextricably linked to our traditional English pubs, particularly on stag nights. Normally with things like this we’d be happy to write it off as progression, as survival of the fittest, but we’ll not see our publicans turfed out of their establishments like so much rubbish. It’s time to unite, Britain, to unite behind our pubs in their time of need and pick out a barstool at your nearest pub and order a pint of best.
The website Closed Pubs has listed more than 18,000 pubs that have closed in recent times, many of which are being turned into residential buildings – something, I think we can agree, we have more than enough of already.
The recession might be claiming our jobs, our cars and our homes, but there needs to be a line drawn somewhere and I implore you, friends, let us draw it here at the pub, that Great British institution. We know that when it comes to brainstorming stag do destinations, the pub is the first port of call, but that’s not it – there’s also pub lunches, Super Sunday pints infront of the football, bar snacks, pub quizzes and, of course, that vital breathing space from the missus after a heated row about curtains, the baby or that new secretary from the office. This must be protected at all costs against these opportunistic property developers.
So, how do we do it? Not the most painful of procedures I can happily report – it’s as simple as paying a visit to your local, ordering a pint and giving your landlord a big, manly bear-hug*.
Let’s save our pubs, Britain, they need us now more than ever.