JUBILANT Stafford pub-goers are celebrating as their “dream” licensees are to remain in the job thanks to a campaign featured in the Newsletter.
Regulars at the Railway Inn in Castle Street are thrilled Freda and Peter Brooks will stay on after being left devastated at news a fortnight ago that they were leaving.
Punch Taverns had decided for confidential reasons to change the management, with overall manager Mark Wild replaced by Andrew Woodward.
Peter, 59, and Freda, 57, had been brought in by Mr Wild in April and promptly cleaned up, revamped the beer garden and brought drinkers flooding back.
But with the planned management changes Mr and Mrs Brooks decided not to stay on, which caused uproar among regulars.
The residents, led by Tom Harris, set up an online petition and deluged Punch Taverns with letters to reconsider management changes.
And after featuring in the Newsletter last week Punch Taverns made a deal with Mr Wild to retain overall management of the Railway. There will also be a review in three to six months’ time, which will include looking into the viability of the community backing a five-year tenancy.
Mr Brooks said: “We're so pleased to be a part of this community and so grateful to have been given the chance to make this pub the friendly and thriving place people want it to be.”
Tom Harris, a borough councillor from Doxey Road, said: “This is a terrific outcome. On behalf of everyone, I'd like to thank Punch Taverns for opening up to the possibility of greater community involvement in this very, very special public house.”
Sally Johnson, 48, of Castle Street, said: “It is now an absolute joy to go in the Railway.
“Freda and Pete have worked so hard, not only in the initial stages of making the pub so clean, bright and welcoming, but they also continue to deliver excellent standards of cleanliness and service. On a personal level, they are a lovely, genuine couple and all us regulars love them to bits.”
Christian Gregory, regional business development manager for Punch Taverns, said: “This is a great day for the Railway Inn. Let's all raise a glass to its future.”