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Wednesday 28th July 2010 (Andrew Griffiths)

As part of ‘Proud of Pubs Week’, local MP Andrew Griffiths has enjoyed a pint at Branston pub The Blacksmiths, owned by Burton based Punch Taverns. The campaign, now in its fourth year, celebrates the role of the pub and encourages better understanding of the unique challenges facing the industry.

Andrew said:

“Pubs play an important role in local communities and nowhere is this more true than in Burton – the home of beer. People may not know that pubs inject an average of £80,000 into their local communities. With the brewing industry so vital to the town as well, it is important we appreciate the contribution that they make to Burton and the surrounding villages”.

Andrew met The Blacksmiths landlord, John Sutton, who has been running the pub for five years. As part of Punch Taverns’ ‘Investing for Growth Scheme’ – spending £20 million across 500 of their pubs in the UK – Mr Sutton has just finished a small investment to help drive trade and grow his business.

Andrew went on to say:

“I was delighted to be invited by Punch Taverns to visit one of their many excellent community pubs. The Blacksmiths has friendly regulars, good food, well kept beer and even dominoes and darts. Pubs like this are a hugely important part of the community and I am glad that ‘Proud of Pubs Week’ encouraged people to visit their pub, back the local business and have a good time. I hope now that this campaign will have attracted many new customers who will be visiting their local for years to come.”

Jo Navin, a manager at Punch Taverns, said:

“We are delighted to have supported the Publican’s ‘Proud of Pub’s Week’ and help show the nation how much our pubs do!”

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