Villagers rally to protect pub

Campaigners outside The White Horse in Norton
Campaigners outside The White Horse in Norton

AN ENTIRE community has joined forces to try and save their local pub from the threat of closure.

The White Horse in Norton has been put up for sale by brewery Charles Wells, and there is a possibility it may not remain as a pub when sold.

But 95 per cent of people in the village have signed a petition to try and ensure the pub remains open.

Villagers are also exploring the possibility of running it themselves. .

Roger Saunders, from the Norton Village Community Association, said: “If the pub goes then there will be nothing in the village, we don’t even have a post office or a shop.

“If you go in on a Friday or Saturday there are people there aged 18 to 80, that shows the cross-section of people who use it.

“For some people in the village it is their only form of recreation and it would cause a lot of hardship if it closed. The pub is the central hub of Norton village.”

The petition will now be sent to the brewery and Daventry District Council.

The pub is currently run by landlady Karen Woods and her partner Dan Parslow.

Mr Parslow said: “We are part of the community and want to see the building remain as a pub.

“It’s great to see all the community support.”

A spokesman from Charles Wells said: “The White Horse has been put up for sale and it may be that an entrepreneurial retailer with a different business model will step forward, but we remain open to all options. Closing any pub is not a decision that we take lightly.

“Ultimately, however, we have a responsibility to make sure that every pub offers a long-term, profitable opportunity for the licensee.

“We’ve reluctantly concluded that The White Horse cannot meet the levels to thrive within our business model.”