The owners of a pub who threatened to open in breach of the national lockdown have thanked well-wishers for their ‘love and support’.
Nick and Lucy Clowes hit the national headlines earlier this month when they pledged to open The Reform Inn, near Leek, after criticising the Government’s assault on the hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
But they backed down with just minutes to spare after talks with Staffordshire Police.
Now they have spoken out on social media after a ‘week of silence’.
They said: “Firstly, apologies for the week of silence, to say it has been an eventful few days is an understatement.
“We have wanted to put out a message since last weekend but everyday our situation has changed and in all honesty it has taken us a while to process all that happened.
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“Our personal views on the situation have not changed. However, following our video we were contacted by some very knowledgeable and inspirational people who gave us some invaluable advice.
“We are in this for the long game not the short and we want to ensure that anything we do from now on can be fully sustained. There are a lot of things happening behind the scenes not just locally but by very influential people and next week very big things may come to fruition.
“We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support we have received. The messages have been truly humbling. As always sending love to you all.”