Losing village hostelries a blow to local communities
Pubs and restaurants, particularly in villages and small towns, are more than mere facilities. They are often the focal point of local life, the places where joyous occasions are celebrated and where people also gather for sad events.
One of those places is The Planters restaurant in Waringstown which is to be shut soon with the owners consolidating their business interests in the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown.
We also report in today's newspaper on three other pubs which are to shut the doors.
It is only when those doors shut that their value to their local communities and the vacuum they have left will be truly realised.