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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Cockermouth pub closes suddenly

A COCKERMOUTH town centre pub has closed suddenly.

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NEW VENTURE: Joe Hancock has taken over a pub in Port Carlisle

The Fletcher Christian, on Main Street, failed to open last Thursday night onwards.

Signs have been placed in the pub window reading “items of value have been removed”.

It is not known why it suddenly shut.

Relaunched in 2011, it was owned by Joe Hancock and Jonathan Breeze and is an Enterprise Inns house.

Last year Mr Hancock said he feared that the closure of Main Street for £1.7 million-worth of repair work would cripple the pub.

An Enterprise Inns spokeswoman said: “Unfortunately this pub is currently closed.

“Our aim is to keep our pubs operating at the heart of the local community and we are hoping to reopen it as soon as possible.”

The Fletcher Christian was the first pub on Main Street to reopen after the 2009 floods. It was under 4ft of water and had to be gutted and dried out.

Mr Hancock has taken over the Hope and Anchor pub at Port Carlisle, near Carlisle. He has lived in the village since 2002.

He was not available for comment.

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