Published On: Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014 on 12:23 pm

Hebden Bridge community open up West Yorkshire’s first co-operative pub

Fox And Goose Hebden Bridge

The Fox and Goose is now one of 25 co-operative pubs running across the UK

A pub has been saved from closure by being bought by the community, making it West Yorkshire’s first official co-operative pub.

A share offer raised £130,000 to purchase and refurbish the historic Fox and Goose pub on Heptonstall Road, after it was threatened with closure due to the ill health of the landlady Julia Warren.

More than 250 regulars, local people and pub fans from across the country rallied round to support the campaign and became shareholders.

Before it’s grand reopening on 22 March, volunteers carried out a makeover throughout the week repainting the walls, adding new furniture, and even replacing the beer pumps.

Cllr Dave Young, a director of the Fox and Goose (Hebden Bridge) Ltd – the society that was set up to buy the pub – said: “This wonderful old pub which is both a well-loved social hub and an important piece of our local heritage is now saved for the community for posterity.”

The Fox and Goose is now one of 25 co-operative pubs running across the UK and hopes to bring back the extremely popular Fox and Goose beer festival in May this year.

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