Landlady’s fury at pub takeover

Hansom Cab  landlady Joanne Martin in foreground with staff and customers.

Hansom Cab landlady Joanne Martin in foreground with staff and customers.

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A LANDLADY is mourning the loss of a historic “locals’ pub” after it was revealed a pub giant looked set to take it over.

JD Wetherspoon has exchanged contracts to purchase The Hansom Cab, in Lytham, from Chorley-based Trust Inns – against the wishes of landlady Joanne Martin.

The national chain has said if the deal goes through it could spend up to £1m revamping the Station Road pub, but Joanne, who has been in charge for the last two years, said it would destroy the pub’s community spirit.

She added: “This has been my local for 10 years and my partner’s since he started drinking.

“We’re part of the community, but even if we were looking from outside we would say what are they doing to The Hansom Cab? It’s been there since 1865.

“The customers are disappointed, it’s a community based pub and you don’t get many locals these days.

“I don’t know whether Wetherspoons will want to carry on the live music and it’s a shame because it’s the end of an era.”

The pub giant confirmed to The Gazette contracts have been exchanged, but no opening date has been set for the new-look pub.

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for the company, added: “There’s still a long way to go but generally Wetherspoon looks to spend £1m on its new pubs and create around 40 to 45 jobs.

“We still need to complete the deal and get the necessary permissions to continue.”

No-one from Trust Inns was available for comment.