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Laura says: “We’re missing all of our customers; missing the chat and banter that we have on a daily basis. Also, the staff; we have a great little team here and we can’t wait for us all to be working together again doing what we do best. The pub is always busy and loud and it’s strange to see it empty and still. It’s important to keep the Facebook page active and to engage with people. Lots of people are isolating and looking for things to do which is why we started the quizzes. We want to do what we can to help people through and interaction and community spirit is really important now more than ever!”

Laura like many independent businesses owners are using this time to engage with their community and have adapted to this new way of life so energetically. Laura and husband George took on the pub just over a year ago and have a long history in the hospitality trade but like us all have never experienced a pandemic like this; “Although we knew it was coming, it was still a shock when the announcement was made on the Friday evening that we had to close. It was very difficult going from working seven days a week in the trade that we love, seeing our regulars and meeting new people on a daily basis to not seeing anybody at all.

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