CHESTER is in danger of losing its best watering holes despite being the home of a national pubs campaign, claim regulars.
They say pubs that play an important part in community life could disappear unless they receive vital support.
The city is the home of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the most successful consumer organisation in Britain, that promotes beer and 'real pubs'.
The group has launched Community Pubs Week across Cheshire to promote interest in the area's most distinguished establishments.
CAMRA member Bryan Monkman said: 'The traditional British pub is in danger. A community pub is a focus for the community - they do charitable fundraising, are a meeting place for clubs and organise sporting events.
'We want to raise the profile of the community pubs and their role.'
He used the example of the Ship Victory, George Street, that recently raised over £50,000 for a breast cancer care unit, and holds darts nights and singalongs.
CAMRA members distinguish between unique 'community pubs', which hold events and have regular staff who speak with drinkers, and 'circuit pubs'; often the same in several cities and are unable to respond to local needs.
Bryan said: 'Community pubs do not just sell real ale - lager drinkers go into them as well. Some people have the perception of them being old men's pubs, but when they come they love the atmosphere.'
Community pubs week began on Saturday with a speech in the Ship Victory.
Landlord Joe Gildea said: 'I remember 90% of people's first names. We have raised so much money for charity and people get involved and organise things for themselves.'
Bryan added: 'Use them or lose them - people's habits are changing so these places are threatened.'