Residents have expressed their sadness over the closure of a pub in their village that has been described as the ‘hub of the community.’ The Spread Eagle is located in the Nottinghamshire village of Hockerton and has been running since the 1930s.

The much-loved pub on Caunton Road, was put up for sale earlier this year as a result of the impact of the pandemic on businesses, Nottinghamshire Live reports. Villagers have said they will now have to travel to Southwell, Kelham or Caunton and will miss having a pub nearby.

William Boucher, 78, is retired and has lived opposite the pub for half a century. He said: “We have been here 50 years and it’s been here all that time. It’s been a good pub, it’s a shame it’s closed.”

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He added: “We used to go a couple of times a week, then they decided they weren’t making enough money and it was getting too expensive to run. The nearest now is Southwell.”

Lyndsey Eborall, 47, has been a resident in Hockerton for almost five years. She said: “Even though we are by the A617 it’s still quiet at times, a community village and it was the hub of the community.”

“You have that safety when everyone knows you, and there used to be events there years ago, and barbecues. The current owners have never really done much like that.”

When asked her thoughts on the future of the building, Lyndsey said: “I want a pub there, not houses.” Another village resident, who asked to be anonymous, added: ” I would like to see it nice again, I don’t mind if it’s a pub or houses, it just needs tidying up. I really don’t mind either way.”

Ashley Duffey, 36, has been a resident for five years. She said: “We’ve been once whilst we have been here. There’s no bar inside, it’s really small, but we haven’t really experienced it whilst we have been there.”

She added: “I think it needs doing up. I think a lot of people in Southwell used to come to it as quite a proper pub but I suppose it’s just getting it right if it was going to be an eating venue.”

Many residents in the village have fond memories of the pub and enjoyed going there when it was open. One resident said: “The couple who own it are very friendly and we have had lots of meals in there.”

“It was really good, we were sad to see it close. I would like it to be whatever’s best for them.

“If they sold it, it would be nice to have a pub,” she added. When asked his thoughts on the future of the pub, another resident said: “I would prefer it to be a pub, but It’s been on the market for a while now.”

He added: “When we went in there were not many people from the village there, it’s great wanting a pub but you have to use it.”

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