Scotton residents have been celebrating the re-opening of a pub which only months ago had seemed certain to close.
The Guy Fawkes Arms had been the subject of a planning application by its owners Punch Taverns to demolish it and build a house on the site.
But the community came together with the support of Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones to use new localism legislation to register the pub as a ‘community asset’. This was the first stage in what turned out to be a successful bid to save the Guy Fawkes.
And earlier this month at the grand re-opening, Mr Jones joined regulars, local people and the new team running the pub to raise a glass to the pub’s success.
Taking the reins at the Guy Fawkes are Peter and Lisa Walker, Martin Peachey and Peter’s sister Louise.
Mr Walker said: “We have put blood, sweat and toil into refurbishing the pub, and the support from local people has been outstanding.
“The Guy Fawkes Arms is now a real community venture – our feet haven’t touched the ground since we re-opened. We are so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to support us and the pub.”
Mr Jones added: “Rural pubs can be the backbone of the community in small villages and there was an outcry when the Guy Fawkes was threatened with closure. Now, thanks to local action and a great new team, the pub is open again and providing a great village welcome to locals and visitors alike.
“It is great too that Peter’s son, Sam, will be an apprentice chef at the pub. It’s a real family affair.”