'˜Get off Facebook and go for a pint down the pub!'

THE landlord of The Rose in June fears people are becoming increasingly isolated and do not realise the benefits local pubs bring to everyday life.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 6:19 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 2:06 pm
Paul Saynor, co-landlord of The Rose in June, in Milton Road, Copnor

Paul Saynor called on residents to ‘get a life outside of Facebook’ and embrace their communities.

And he fears people only ever grumble about the loss of their local boozer once it’s gone and too late to do anything about it.

Mr Saynor said: ‘The publican has to work hard in ensuring that the local community wants to visit his or her pub, and perhaps there is always room for improvement.

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‘The danger is that people have stopped using their pubs for a number of reasons, and suddenly miss them when they close.

‘The result is that we have few proper community pubs and that when one closes the locals do not migrate to another.

Mr Saynor added: ‘We surely do not want to become a nation where the only communication we have with other people outside of home or work is through social media.

‘There is more to life than Facebook.

‘The community needs to get out and enjoy the many different activities on offer at their own local community pub.’

Meanwhile, The Rose in June is holding a charity Christmas quiz on Thursday, December 22. It starts at 8.30pm and teams of up to six are invited.

The cost is £3 per person with all proceeds being split evenly between the Rowans Hospice and the Portsmouth branch of Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

There will be a small raffle and warm mince pies and cream will be served at half time.