Locals save their pub from closure

The landlady's daughter of the Amberswood Tavern, Ince, who is currently running the pub, Keeley Lowe, seated second from right, with regulars who are all calling for the pub to be saved from closure

The landlady's daughter of the Amberswood Tavern, Ince, who is currently running the pub, Keeley Lowe, seated second from right, with regulars who are all calling for the pub to be saved from closure

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CAMPAIGNERS have won their battle to keep one of Wigan’s oldest pubs open.

Last month, locals of Amberswood Tavern, in Ince, gathered to put pressure on Dorbiere Pub Group, which owns the alehouse, after the brewery was considering selling the premises to neighbouring Westwood garage, who was looking to expand its showroom.

Dorbiere had always maintained that negotiations were very early on and it had never formally accepted any deals.

It looked like a sale was about to go ahead, but following opposition from locals, the brewery pulled out, meaning it will carry on trading and will not be bulldozed to make way for a garage showroom.

Martin Lowe, area manager for Dorbiere, said: “We have been forced to reconsider the sale after such strong support for the pub.

“It was a 50/50 decision about whether we would sell or not as we were approached by the garage as part of its expansion plans. It is not as if we had the full intention to sell.

“We were processing going through the sale but as a result of the nice campaign from residents, we decided against selling the pub and took it off the market. We didn’t realise that it was such a community hub.

“The landlady has been really supportive and giving up updates from locals.

“We won’t be selling anytime soon. It just goes to show how popular the pub was. The more people who use it, the less likely we will consider selling it in the future, so support your local pubs.”

No-one from Westwood was available for comment.