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Burnley blues festival venue is closed
TIME has been called on a Burnley Blues Festival fringe venue.
The Coach and Horses pub, in Church Street, shut its doors on Saturday.
Brewery giant Robinson said it was in talks to sell the building.
The live music venue, which has hosted international musicians during the town’s blues festival, is the third licensed premises in the street to close.
The White Hart was left boarded up after changing hands several times, the Sparrow Hawk Hotel has become halls of residence for UCFB Burnley, leaving only the Talbot pub.
Elaine Nelson, landlady and proprietor of the Talbot, said: “It’s really sad for the area. It’s worrying for our business as well. We’re doing quite well at the moment and getting people through the door, but being the only one left, there won’t be as many people coming over this way. That inevitably means less customers.
“It’s the same story across Burnley and the country.
“It’s much harder for pubs owned by breweries, like the Coach and Horses.
“For freehouses, like ours, we don’t have such high rent to pay, which takes some of the pressure off in times where people don’t have as much money to spend and stay in instead of coming to the pub.”
Coun Shah Hussain, Burnley council’s executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “It’s sad for the community, because pubs are often where people meet communally. It’s like losing a bit of the town’s history.
“A lot of young people are going out of Burnley and into Manchester and other towns and cities for nights out too.”
A spokeswoman from Frederic Robinson Ltd said: “The brewery is currently considering the future situation of the pub and we are exploring all options before a final decision is made.”
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