Local MP joins pub landlords behind the bar

September 13, 2012

Alun Cairns, MP for the Vale of Glamorgan, volunteered behind the bar at the Three Horseshoes in Peterston-Super-Ely on Saturday 8th September, as part of a UK-wide government campaign to support the great British pub.

The all-parliamentary beer group initiative encourages MPs to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing the pub trade.

Mr Cairns joined the pub’s managers, Digby and Jenny Rees, at the Brains public house and found out how they have worked hard to make it the hub of the local community.

The Vale MP said,

“I was delighted to visit and work a shift at The Three Horseshoes, Digby and Jenny made sure I was up to the mark and ready to serve their customers. They have clearly worked hard at the pub to make sure the Three Horseshoes is at the centre of village life in Peterston.

“It was really useful to be able to better understand and gain first-hand experience of the pressures and challenges that our pubs are facing. We are blessed with a great many unique and exceptional pubs across the Vale”, he added.

Similar events are taking place across the UK helping MPs to gain a better understanding of the challenges pubs face.

“Pubs are one of our great British institutions. No other can match the pub for its historical, cultural and social importance. We must protect our pubs, celebrate them, and ensure they can continue to thrive. I’m supporting British Pub Week and hope it will be a big success nationally and locally, here in the Vale”, Mr Cairns explained.

Digby Rees, manager of the Three Horseshoes added, “We had quite a busy night, which gave Alun a good opportunity to talk to customers. We also had time to discuss issues within our industry and Alun understood what effects duty, European red tape and taxes have on our customers.


“A pub, especially a village pub, is an essential hub to its local community. This initiative is a good step forward in highlighting to people in authority how our trade actually works, including the problems and pressures we have to maintain business.”

Take a look at the website www.britishpubweek.org.uk to find out more.

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