Pub closure rumours unfounded
by Hayley Robinson
Rumours have been circulating
that another town pub is set to close.
But the landlords of The
Forresters Arms say that isn’t the case. Now Julie and Bernard
Hodder want to make it clear to the people of Sittingbourne that
the Charlotte Street inn is holding its own.
Mrs Hodder said: "We took it
over nine years ago. It had a bit of a bad reputation but we have
been trying to build it back up.
"The customers we do get into
the pub are excellent.
"We do get some youngsters
come in but we obviously ask them for ID. Those who don’t have any
we turn away.
"As well as rumours that
we’re closing, customers tell us they have been hearing other
rumours that we sell bad beer but we’re with the same brewery as a
lot of the other pubs in the town.
"I don’t know why people want
to spread these rumours. Perhaps it’s jealousy? I don’t know, but
it only takes one person to spread rumours for it to affect
Mr Hodder said: "I’m happy
here and I’m a great believer that if you have a good landlord they
can keep control of their customers.
"I own the Happy Valley
campsite in Leysdown on the Island and there’s a bar
"We’ve never had any trouble like this before."
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