Punters launch petition to keep Peggottys as a traditional pub
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
Punters have launched a campaign to keep their local as a traditional pub amid fears a new landlord could make sweeping changes.
The landlady of Peggottys in King Street, Great Yarmouth, is leaving and owners Enterprise Inns is in the process of appointing a new manager.
Roseanne Whitworth, who lives above the pub with her boyfriend and dog Trafford, said she was worried the pub could become more like a bar or nightclub, a departure its current atmosphere.
Enterprise are planning to extend the opening hours to attract daytime trade, invest in an internal refurbishment to freshen up the décor, and have live entertainment. At the moment the pub's opening hours are 11am until late.
Roseanne, 26, said: 'Why change one of the few pubs with quite a lot of community? It is one of the only places that has survived in the town. We want someone to come in and keep it how it is.
'I have been working here for nine years and running it for the last two. There are people who have been coming here for 30 or 40 years.'
An online petition has already attracted over 100 signatures in a week.
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Regular Terry Hughes, 53, who lives in Market Place, said: 'If you have got a problem or feel depressed or down, then there will be people in here to help.
'You come here to have a chat with people. It is a family pub, you can bring your kids.
'Too many community places are dying. Everyone knows everyone here. Once, when I didn't come in for a few days, people rang to check I was okay.'
Laura Hughes, 21, who lives in Bradwell, said she been going to the pub with her dad, Terry, since she was four.
'It does not really feel like a pub, it feels like your living room. You never feel unwelcome here.
'People would not come here to have a drink if it was like a bar. This is where people start their Saturday night.'
A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: 'The publican at Pegottys informed us she wished to terminate her lease and we have mutually agreed that she will leave in mid-February.
'We are pleased to confirm this popular pub will be taken on by an experienced local operator who plans to extend the opening hours to attract daytime trade and invest in an internal refurbishment to freshen up the décor.
'We hope the regular customers of Peggottys, and other members of the community in Great Yarmouth will visit to enjoy the live entertainment, and show their support for the new publican.'
The petition is online at www.chn.ge/1Sf3bzc.
What do you think? Are you a regular at Peggotty's or have you moved on but have fond memories? Email firstname.lastname@example.org