LOCAL activists brought the UK Independence Party’s “Save the British Pub” campaign to Clitheroe.
A street stall was erected in Market Place, with shoppers and visitors given more information about the campaign and encouraged to sign a petition.
Spokesman for the Clitheroe campaign, Ron Loebell, said the public responded well: “We had done a similar one in the Hyndburn area, again with great success, and it was decided to have one in Clitheroe, which was attended by over a dozen helpers including North West MEP Paul Nuttall, who is the main sponsor for the local area’s campaign.”
Mr Nuttall said the closure of 25 pubs a week is a major concern all over the UK, resulting in the loss of an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 jobs so far, that figure growing week on week.
The pub trade accounts for 950,000 jobs nationally and is under serious threats from high taxation and running costs.
“We have had thousands of signatures over the past few months of our campaign and have now distributed posters and forms to be signed in all pubs in the Clitheroe and Whalley area,” said Mr Loebell. “If any publican wishes to join the campaign they can contact me on 01200 428488 for the posters and forms.
More information is also available online at www.save the pub.co.uk and www.camra.org.uk