12 things you said about plans to transform Whitburn pub Grey Horse into shop and flats

Loss of a lovely pub or a fantastic idea?

Thursday, 16th May 2019, 15:32 pm
The Grey Horse pub in Whitburn is to become a shop.

Shields Gazette readers are having their say about proposals which could see the former Grey Horse pub in Whitburn become a convenience store.

The premises spent two years on the market - but rang the bell for last orders prior to being taken over by Grey Horse Inn Limited.

The ground floor of the building will now operate as a small convenience store.

Despite making efforts to continue operating the building as a pub, Grey Horse Inn said it was advised that the location "would not be sustainable" after pursuing both national and regional pub businesses.

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While some have celebrated the proposals because they will bring the building back into use, others have expressed their sadness at the loss of a community asset.

Readers have also said its closure is due to people's drinking habits changing, and punters not using pubs in the same way.

The Grey Horse premises is not a listed building.

Here is how you reacted to the story on the Shields Gazette Facebook page:

Artie Carhart: "Times are changing and to be honest, drinking in a pub is not cheap and people's habits have changed where a lot of people drink at home."

Robin Hunter: "Fantastic idea. The village could really do with a Co-Op/Sainsburys/Tesco and will mean less travelling to Morrison’s etc for day to day shopping."

Jeffery Wakefield: "Use it or lose it simple."

Kathleen Jayne Tudberry: "Co-op took over the Mariner in Shields. Seems to be the way things are going these days. Quite sad really."

Adam Mills: "Loved drinking in there shame it’s going to be a shop."

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Kenneth Dowson: "Destroying this village."

Ian Richardson: "Sounds like a good use of the building the days of the pubs are finished now I think."

Kim Thompson: "What a shame all these lovely old pubs are being turned into mini supermarkets."

Gary Dunmore: "Sad to see a pub I used to occasionally visit going. Though therein lies the problem. People don’t use pubs like they did."

Liz Newton: "Could be little gem and a goldmine with right proprietors lovely idyllic place too."

Ray Carrick: "What a shame lovely pub in its day cannot imagine going in buying a pint of milk and a packet of choc Hob Nobs there."

Mark Turnock: "Yes, it’s a shame, but it needed significant investment and increase it foot fall to make it viable."