Raising a glass to resort pubs

Pictured is Iain Hawkins, head of Blackpool cluster for Merlin Entertainments
Pictured is Iain Hawkins, head of Blackpool cluster for Merlin Entertainments
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SUPPORT has poured in for Blackpool’s beleaguered pub landlords from tourism leaders after The Gazette revealed increasing pressures due to increasing rents and extortionate alcohol prices.

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on the Government to give licensees more rights when dealing with national pub firms.

It was revealed some landlords are being forced to pay £149 for a barrel of beer from their own company – while free houses can pay just £89.

Coun Norman Hardy, chairman of licensing at Blackpool Council, said: “Unfortunately it’s known small is no longer beautiful. Small pubs are the backbone of the industry and everyone should be on a level playing field when it comes to price.

“Unfortunately it’s a case of David against the Goliath.”

StayBlackpool president Claire Smith added: “We need the pubs in Blackpool.

“The pub companies are supposed to be supportive of their landlords.

“But these people are working hard to run their pubs and basically don’t get anything out of it themselves.”

Liz Walsh, owner of the New President Hotel, said: “Companies need to get real. If they treat landlords in the way they are doing, they’re going to lose them all.

I support the licensees wholeheartedly.”

And Iain Hawkins (pictured), head of Merlin’s attractions in Blackpool, added: “If you are a pub on your own, it’s always going to be hard.” SUPPORT has poured in for Blackpool’s beleaguered pub landlords from tourism leaders after The Gazette revealed increasing pressures due to increasing rents and extortionate alcohol prices.