THE statistics are bleak - 25 pubs around the country are closing every week.
But a Sheffield couple are bucking the trend by reopening their local, nine months after it seemed to have closed its doors for good.
Kerry and Jamie Wagstaff have ploughed £5,000 of their savings into renovating The Strad, a large estate pub which seemed to have shut forever in January.
After 10 weeks of hard work in their spare time, the couple are holding a grand reopening party with a disco and buffet this evening.
“This is a typical estate pub which was built to serve its community,” said Kerry, aged 40.
“Since it closed people wanting a night out have had to travel to pubs in Woodhouse, Handworth or Richmond.
“A lot of old people live around here and since word got round we were planning to reopen The Strad, lots of folk have been coming up to us to offer help - it’s proved there is real community spirit.”
Kerry and Jamie live nearby and have run JK’s Snack Bar across the road on Stradbroke Drive for five years.
But neither has any licensed trade experience.
Kerry said the couple had considered taking over the pub several years ago but the time hadn’t seemed right.
“When we went to look at the place it was clean enough but there’d been a massive water leak while it had been shut. We’ve had to carry out quite a lot of redecorating with the help of friends.
“We believe this estate needs a pub and we’re hoping it will become a place that people can come and use.”