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“Only locals can save the local”

That was the observation of social expert, Dr Rick Muir, when he addressed a meeting held as part of the Pig’s Ear festival on 4 December. Dr Muir is author of the recent Institute of Public Policy Research report, Pubs and places: The social value of community pubs.

The report highlighted the problem of mounting pub closures and the social and economic damage that results. Dr Muir said that some locals could be rescued by effective local action but this meant hard work and often financial commitment by individuals. Although there’s no easy way, there are pubs that have been saved. It also helped, he added, if the local authority was supportive and not willing to see a pub lost to the community. Commenting on Dr Muir’s presentation, John Pardoe, Chairman of the East London and City Branch of the Campaign For Real Ale said, “The great value of this work is that it supports the case for pub preservation with detailed research and clear evidence. We can assert the value of community pubs now with intellectual authority, and have ideas on how to save them.”

This article first appeared in the London Drinker Winter 2010 edition.

It’s nice to see that the pub industry was finally recognised earlier this year when in the Summer, Visit England awarded “the great English pub” the award for outstanding contribution to tourism.

The accolade was given to pubs for:

the integral part they play in the fabric of the English way of life and the opputunity they provide for domestic and international visitors to meet local people and enjoy local foods and drink, including real cider.

Research carried out by Visit England revealed that many visitors from overseas put visiting a pub very high on their list of things to do when holidaying in England. It is estimated that over 40% of overseas visitors, around 13  million people popped into a pub in 2007.

As a result of this Visit England formed a partnership with the pub trade magazine, The Publican to create a research web site which lists pubs around the country.

Axe the Beer Tax Logo

Axe the Beer Tax Logo

It’s a shame not everyone is as supportive. Mr Darling’s continuing actions seem to indicate that he does not agree with the pub being an integral part of English life, due to the very heavy taxes he continues to add to pub products, including cider.