The landlord of a popular pub in Harwood has reassured customers that it is here to stay following bizarre rumours that a ‘convenience store would be built on pub grounds’.

It comes after people had been speculating on the fate of The White Horse on Stitch-Mi-Lane, with some thinking that it was going to either become a shop, or there would be a shop on the same site.

Will Yates, who runs the pub, shared a statement on behalf of the pub company Punch Pubs & Co to let customers know this was not the case - and the pub was thriving.

It states: “We’ve seen some comments recently about plans to build a shop on the grounds of The White Horse, so we just wanted to reach out to everyone and share a statement from our owners, Punch Pubs & Co.

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“The White Horse is a fantastic pub and remains an important part of the Punch estate.

“We would like to confirm to the community that we are not pursuing planning to build a convenience store development within the pub grounds.

“Punch is committed to the long-term future and success of The White Horse.

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“We value our community and the role The White Horse plays in it, and we are dedicated to preserving its unique character and charm.

“Thanks, everyone; we look forward to seeing you all over the weekend.”

Will says that since he has taken over trade has been “fantastic” and they have received a lot of support from the local community.

He said: “I am really excited for the future.

“The pub is doing the best it has done in many years.

“We have an exciting summer planned.

“Our new chef is also doing fantastic and doing lots of different things with the food.”

Will says that they have a lot of upcoming events for people to keep an eye out for, including a mini summer festival, which he is waiting to sign off with the licensing department.

Other big events coming up include coverage of the European Championship.

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