BEFORE the last pint was pulled, the Robin Hood was a landmark in the village where residents gathered to drink, laugh and celebrate good times.
But news that the pub on Chester Road, Helsby is to be demolished to make way for 13 new homes has been welcomed after years of vandalism and neglect forced the building into disrepair.
Now a parish councillor, who used to drink at the local pub, has reminisced on the ‘good times’ when the pints where flowing and villagers flocked to the Robin Hood to celebrate New Year, Christmas, birthdays and welcome in the weekend.
Helsby Parish Council chairman Chris Ellams said that in its heyday the pub was a central point in the town, a place where villagers could meet, play snooker and drink.
“ I think that it is a shame that it couldn’t have been taken over again as a pub,” he said.
“But it would have been very expensive to refurbish.
“I remember many a happy New Year in there, it was at the centre of the village and everyone used to come down for a pint.
“The Horse and Jockey up the road is also looking very sad at the moment, so if there is no hope in the Robin Hood being taken over as a pub the next best option has to be to put some new houses on the site.”
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