Sir: I was interested to read your editorial about pubs (Autumn 2016). Did you know that a few years ago, the residents of Hudswell (a village on a road to nowhere near Richmond in Yorkshire) got together to buy and run their own pub, The George and Dragon, when it was faced with closure?
This has run successfully ever since and has been visited by Prince Charles. Since then, the idea has been copied by villagers at Carlton-in-coverdale who have successfully acquired and run The Foresters Arms in their village. Closer to Richmond, the residents in the village of Skeeby are attempting to do the same. — ALAN GRAHAM, LEYBURN, YORKSHIRE.