REGULARS at a Stafford pub are rallying to save the licensees who are being replaced despite turning the pub’s fortunes around.
The Railway Inn in Castletown has been revived since Freda and Peter Brooks took over the running of it in April.
Prior to that regulars had drifted away and the pub had closed for three months earlier this year, but when Mr and Mrs Brooks moved in things changed.
Now Castletown residents flock to drink there and it has developed a real following in the last few months.
The couple were running the pub on a temporary “at-will” basis for Punch Taverns, which meant they could be given notice to move out at any time. They told punters this week that they had now been given notice to move out as another organisation wanted to take over the running of the pub.
But the pair are so popular that regulars organised a public meeting to see what could be done – and more than 40 people turned up.
They have written a letter to Punch Taverns and set up an online petition, urging the company to keep the couple on.
Drinker Linda Chell, from Railway Street, said: “They are worth their weight in gold. We don’t want to lose them.”
Tom Harris added: “We would urge people to sign the petition as we are against the clock in trying to keep them. The more support the better.”
The petition can be found at https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/punch-taverns-keep-pete-freda-brooks-at-the-railway-inn-stafford