Pub patrons call on bosses to rethink sale plans

The Auctioneer was only revamped in July last year

The Auctioneer was only revamped in July last year

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Patrons of a popular South Shore pub have launched a petition calling on pub bosses to rethink their decision to put it on the market.

They acted after The Auctioneer in Lytham Road, which underwent a refurbishment last July, was put up for sale by Wetherspoons.

We guarantee it will be passed on to senior management

Almost 120 people have so far signed the petition, which was launched online by resident Stephen Flanigan.

Mr Flanigan said: “Like so many retirees, I eat every day in the Auctioneer, drink copious coffee, ample beer, and too many gins.

“I mix with people of all ages and dispositions, all habits, problems, and good nature. That will all disappear if the Auctioneer closes.”

Blackpool man Gavin Johnson signed the petition and said: “This pub is a terrific example of how local pubs are and should be run; away from the hustle and bustle of other high street tourist-centric pubs. The Auctioneer is a haven for all those that live and work around the area.

“Blackpool is not just a promenade holiday town, it is a community of people that work very hard all year round that use and appreciate their own local among good friends.”

Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We understand that customers at The Auctioneer wish the pub to remain as a Wetherspoon and have accordingly launched a petition.

“We will await the petition and can guarantee those involved in saving the pub that it will be passed on to senior management at Wetherspoon and discussed accordingly.”