Regulars fight to save their thriving pub

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Staff and customers at a thriving Portsmouth pub are hoping for a last minute bid to save it from developers.

The Travellers' Joy in Milton Road, Milton, faces being knocked to make way for a three-storey vets' practice and flats.

Landlady Lynn Golding said: 'Everybody's devastated. This isn't a pub which isn't doing business. We're packed every night. We have six darts teams, pool teams, karaoke, and live music.

'People come here because we're a little bit different and we do great business.

Mrs Golding, of Tideway Gardens, Eastney, took over as the pub's manager in March this year, when previous owner Punch Taverns sold it as part of a wider sale of much of its property portfolio.

The Victorian pub is now owned by Knightsbridge-based firm Bacchus, which has plans to demolish it and the next door shop that have twice been denied by Portsmouth City Council's planning committee.

Mrs Golding added: 'The pub's a part of the community.

'We have a great mix of people who drink here.

'People come by cab from the north of the city to drink here because they like it so much, but now we'll be closed because of the new owners.

'They will keep trying and in the meantime we're just working day to day, to try to find out what's going on.'

Pub regular Ivar Holt, who owns Holt Alarms, also on Milton Road, said: 'It would be a crying shame if this pub shut. It's popular, people know each other and get along well.

'It's a proper old boozer, and you don't see so many of them any more.

'I certainly don't think there's any reason to close it.'