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Campaign to save Yarmouth pub

PUBLISHED: 17:37 23 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 July 2010

PUB SUPPORTERS: Alison Smith, landlady of The Albion, with supporters Kelly Coleman, left, Gemma Davies and Donna Pettigrew.

PUB SUPPORTERS: Alison Smith, landlady of The Albion, with supporters Kelly Coleman, left, Gemma Davies and Donna Pettigrew.

Dominic Bareham

SUPPORT is growing for a landlady's campaign to get her Great Yarmouth pub reopened after it was shut following a disturbance on Good Friday.

Regulars at the Albion in Nelson Road Central have set up a group called "Bring Back The Albion" on social networking website Facebook, which after four days had already attracted more than 300 members by Monday.

SUPPORT is growing for a landlady's campaign to get her Great Yarmouth pub reopened after it was shut following a disturbance on Good Friday.

Regulars at the Albion in Nelson Road Central have set up a group called “Bring Back The Albion” on social networking website Facebook, which after four days had already attracted more than 300 members by Monday.

One of the group, Kelly Coleman, said: “I decided to set it up purely because I drink in there, and to be honest it is always a decent night. We always go there on a Saturday night for the karaoke.

“I have never seen any trouble. They are a good bunch of people in there.”

Kelly, 28, of Paston Road, Gorleston, who set up the Facebook protest with fellow Albion regular Tony Fellas, said her group of up to 10 female friends would often go to the pub in fancy dress for birthdays and other special nights.

She added: “I just think it is unfair it is being branded as a problem.”

Albion landlady Alison Smith welcomed the Facebook campaign and said: “I am ecstatic that people are supporting us and the size of the group's membership shows just how many people enjoy going to the Albion.

“I just want to say thanks for their support and help, I really do appreciate it.”

Police closed the pub pending a licensing review after a number of windows were broken during the late-night disturbance.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of committing criminal damage, while Mrs Smith was also arrested at the time of the incident on suspicion of using racially aggravating language. However, police have decided to take no further action against her and a date has yet to be decided for the licensing review by Yarmouth Borough Council.

Last week, she warned her pub could go bankrupt if it was shut for the maximum 28-day time period for the licensing review.

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