A family-run pub has become the latest in a long line of Covid casualties.

The Corporation Arms in Longridge, or as it is affectionately know by locals as The Corper, announced it would be closing for good, citing 'unachievable rents' and 'ongoing Covid restrictions' making it 'impossible' for them to survive.

The pub, on Lower Road, not only served food and drink, but had a function room, five en-suite bed and breakfast rooms and hosted regular quiz nights and beer festivals.

Posting on Facebook last week, the team at The Corper wrote: "Unfortunately our time at The Corper has come to an end.

"Mainly due to our unachievable rent and the two rental increases we have received this last year.

"Along with the ongoing Covid restrictions in our trade, makes it impossible for us to survive.

"We would like to thank every single person who has supported us throughout these last 16 years. Especially in the last year since the pandemic started.

"Any valid gift vouchers or any left from last year which you were unable to use due to lockdown, please message our Facebook page to organise a refund.

"As many of you know, or have said to us, The Corper is like a family and every single one of us wants to say thank you. You have made us feel welcome and part of the community.

"We will be taking many memories with us on our new ventures, which we do thank you for.

"Kev, Nic and The Corper Team."

Customers took to social media to express their sadness at the news.

One user said: "So sad to hear this news. We will really miss you all.

"Many great times at the Corper, always with fantastic food and a warm and friendly welcome- “The Corper family” sums it up perfectly.

"Wishing you all the very best for the future."

While Ray Jackson who ran the pub quiz at the pub said: "This is terribly sad news.

"You’ve worked extremely hard to establish the Corper as one of the top venues in and around Longridge for good food, good beer, and great service from a friendly management team and staff.

"These unprecedented times have taken their toll on many a business.

"May I thank you for offering me the chance to run the pub quiz, in lovely surroundings, and always with a warm welcome. Wish you all well for the future. Take care."

It is not yet known whether the Corporation Arms will be put up for sale or lease.