AN East Staffordshire pub is being used as a centerpiece of a campaign to get more people to go out and drink at their local.
The Leopard, in Monk Street, Tutbury, is one of only a handful of pubs across the country being used by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) as part of its ‘Pubs and the Economy’ campaign.
It aims to promote the benefits of pubs to the British economy and encourage more people to use their local during January, which can often be a quiet period for the industry.
Mike Benner, CAMRA chief executive, said: “Pubs play an important part in the UK economy and need to be protected and supported.
“The ‘Pubs and the Economy’ campaign does not only call on people to use their locals in January, but also highlights the importance of the pub industry overall and encourages people to support CAMRA’s call for a freeze in Beer Duty in the 2014 budget.
“This support could play an important role in saving many British pubs.”
The pub industry employs over half a million people and the pub and beer industry adds £19 billion a year to the UK economy, but the lack of trade in the month after the festive season could prove to be the nail in the coffin for struggling pubs up and down the UK – with 26 pubs a week currently closing nationwide.
Mr Benner added: “Alongside contacting their MP and asking for a freeze in Beer Duty, the best way people can help the pub industry is to use their local pub during January.
“Many of us only visit pubs over Christmas but if we want British pubs, which are such an important part of our economy and way of life, to survive then we need to support our local all year round.”
CAMRA has issued free promotional packs to around 7,000 pubs across Britain to help raise the awareness of this important campaign.
Included in the packs are posters featuring real pub staff and landlords from around the UK.
More information is available online at www.communitypubscampaign.org.uk/