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It would be an exaggeration to say the pub trade has been restored to full health – but recently the numbers of pubs closing has slowed down.

The figures from the British Beer and pub association (BBPA) shows that 39 boozers are shutting each week. That’s down from 52 a week at the height of the recession. If that pace had been maintained the last pub in Britain would have closed in 2038.

The BBPA says 1013 pubs shut between July and December for a total of 2365 in the whole of last year.

The industry blames the economy, the smkoing ban, tax rises and cheap supermarket booze for its woes.

When you hear publicans like the Bricklayer’s Arms in Putney, London – CAMRA’s London pub of the year twice in threee years – voicing doubts on BBC News 24 about being able to continue to trade, you have to wonder if the Government understand that there are limits to how far they can tax the average drinker.

Ironically, given that the will no doubt use public health as an excuse for the rises, the last thing that the economy needs at present is for people to stop drinking.

Assuming that we can afford to drink it and can find somewhere to drink it, the popularity of real cider is definately growing.

Support your pub!

As you may know, part of our committment at Real Cider is to support UK pubs. Because without them we would not be able to enjoy some of our finest tipples across the country, in our favourite cities, towns and villages.

It’s not just me who thinks this, a new poll shows 8 in 10 believe pubs an important part of British way of life

A publicans wishlist in 2010

  • Decrease tax duty – currently the tax duty for a pint of beer is 35 pence in England, in France it is 5 pence.
  • Support for small producers
  • Limit the proliferation of new codes and restrictions – enforce existing laws properly instead
  • Work in partnership with the brewing and pub sector – to promote social responsibility of drinking and alcohol

The future?

Without a campaign like Axe the Tax this could very quickly become reality

Ultimately, isn’t it all about encouraging diversity and choice for drinkers?

The combination of pub and music can knit local communities together. It is vital that such a network exists, and for the sake of future creativity it is something we must continue to protect, nurture and encourage.Feargal Sharkey

The “I’m Backing the Pub” campaign has released a promotional video to support the launch of the campaign.

The video includes contributions from representitives of industries that are relient on a flourishing pub trade.