Hundreds join fight to stop demolition of village’s last pub
PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 September 2019
A community came together to get behind the fight to save their village’s last pub.
The Swan in Gressenhall, near Dereham, ceased trading in July last year and is under threat of being demolished and turned into housing.
But Gressenhall Community Enterprise (GCE) is keen to buy the pub and bring it under community ownership, earning the support of mid Norfolk MP George Freeman.
On August 23, the 'Swan Soiree' saw more than 200 people enjoy a BBQ, beer and live music at Gressenhall Green, while members of GCE unveiled draft designs of what they hope the pub will look like in the future.
"The enthusiasm and support was very encouraging," said Alex Begg, chairman of GCE. "We raised £1500 towards the campaign, although the main purpose was getting the village together and taking on board everyone's ideas."
The next 'Save Our Swan' event will be a pub quiz at Gressenhall Social Club on October 18. For information and tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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