Pub campaigner Richard gets recognition for his hard work

Richard Palmer
Richard Palmer
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When Richard Palmer heard a local pub was going to be demolished he knew he couldn’t just sit back and let it happen.

So he launched a campaign to save The Wymering Arms and that’s why he’s been presented with this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt.

Richard didn’t want the pub in Medina Road, Wymering, to be turned into flats, so he made and distributed leaflets and collected signatures.

The 48-year-old lives just round the corner, in Brighstone Road, and quickly rallied support for the campaign.

‘That building has been there since 1937 and it would have been a shame to just lose it,’ said Richard, a clinical trials nurse.

‘There is a conservation area just a stone’s throw away and the buildings there have been saved.

‘Next year will be its 75th birthday and we want it to stay for that.’

People first found out the pub was at risk last Christmas.

Judy Salisbury was so impressed by Richard’s community spirit that she nominated him for one of our We Can Do It T-shirts.

‘He went around knocking on doors and getting people on board,’ she added.

Richard said: ‘I am humbled by the support and kind words of my friends and neighbours who have taken the time to nominate me.

‘I would like to give a special mention to my campaign colleague, Ian Hayter, who planted the seed of an idea for a campaign way back in January – when we first learned of developers’ plans.’