11 October 2015
Otley Pub Club reports year of progress
Otley Pub Club has reported a year of good progress for the club and its aim of supporting and promoting the town’s pubs.
Club chairman Andy FitzGerald in his report at the club’s annual general meeting said that further investment and improvements had taken place at another four pubs during the last twelve months and the new landlords and tenants were positive about the future.
The Club had celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Royalty and offered congratulations to the award winning Old Cock on its recent fifth birthday. The well known landlords of the Bay Horse had retired last month after 25 years. The Club is hopeful that following the sale of the pub to new owners a new tenant will carry on the pub’s proud tradition.
The highlight of the year was the successful application by the club to have 19 pubs in Otley listed by Leeds City Council as Assets of Community Value This was the first multiple listing in England and provides a degree of protection for both tenants and customers against summary closure and change of use.
Andy FitzGerald said: “ACV status will enhance Otley’s appeal as a famous pub town at a time when so many communities in towns and villages are losing pubs.”
He went on to report that the club continues to be very busy with membership of over 300, an informative and entertaining monthly newsletter and website as well as an active publicity programme
This year Otley pubs and the club have been widely featured again in national press and on radio and well as receiving support from local media. Club committee members were even interviewed for a Russian TV station and Otley will be featured in a forthcoming BBCTV series by the Hairy Bikers on Britain’s historic pubs.
The chairman thanked the members of the committee, all local volunteers, for their work including the monthly newsletter, the OPC website, publicity and lobbying and also the support of the club’s honorary president, local MP Greg Mulholland.
Otley Pub Club is an organisation created by local pub supporters and local publicans. Free to join, it is a way for Otley people to support their local pubs and enjoy the wide selection of real ales and for publicans to communicate with each other and their customers. The club campaigns on behalf of pubs where needed and organises social events, runs a web site and publishes a popular monthly newsletter and the successful Ale Trail leaflet. For more information visit www.otleypubclub.co.uk