Royal visit for community pub saved from bankruptcy

By Emily Sutherland contact

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The Prince has visited five pubs in the last three months
The Prince has visited five pubs in the last three months

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A Hudswell pub that battled back from bankruptcy has had the royal seal of approval following a visit from HRH the Prince of Wales.

Members of the local community and Pub is the Hub chief executive John Longden showed the Prince around the pub.

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The George and Dragon closed in 2008 after the owners went bankrupt at the height of the credit crunch. Regulars formed a co-operative to purchase the pub and set about refurbishing it before it reopened in 2010.

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The pub now has a library, village shop, allotment and provides internet access for the local community.

A spokesperson for the Hudswell Community Pub Ltd said: “With the shop, allotment, library and internet access the community group have created a hub of services that make the George and Dragon a real hive of village activity that has helped to create a more cohesive and friendly community in the village, in which far more people are involved.

Sales at the pub have been consistently 50% higher than anticipated.

Pubs have proved a popular haunt for the Prince of Wales, who has made five pub visits in the last three months. 

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