A LITHERLAND landlady is fighting for the future of her pub and urging locals to show their support to stop it from closing down.
Michelle Lewis, who is in charge of Cooksons Bridge Pub, on Gorsey Lane, told the Champion she is “barely making ends meet” and there is a “dismal outlook for the future”.
After taking over as landlady in October 2019, she has created 18 jobs for local people, refurbished the building with her own money and opened a takeaway cafe inside the pub called The Cookie Crumb to help people during the pandemic.
However, since lockdown restrictions were eased earlier this year, Michelle said “trade has not been great” and she is appealing for people to visit the pub to show support.
She said: “We are not just a pub, we are a community, a support network and a safe environment for families, dog walkers, barge/boat owners, workmen and women.
“We have helped provide the young, some may say ‘troubled’ generation, an escape from pressures which would only lead them to a potential world of crime and disarray. We are a family! I am reaching out to people because I need help!
“Trade has not been great since we reopened and Punch Taverns are not giving me enough support to help us survive and flourish.
“We have amazing online support, but sadly unless people start voting with their feet, and pay a visit, I see nothing but a dismal outlook for the future of our Cooksons Bridge Pub, staff and ultimately the community itself.
“Looking at the bigger picture, I am frightened of the detrimental effect this will have on all.
“Please, with a heavy heart I am asking for help and support us, in order to survive and flourish once again in this ever growing neighbourhood!
“We have sports, karaoke and live music every week and lots of events in the next few months. We just need people in. We are also doing a big charity night for mental health awareness in memory of one of our beloved customers who we lost in lockdown on Saturday, October 2 in partnership with charity Mentell if anyone would like to donate prizes.”