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Where pubs are bucking the trend of decline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s keeping Highland pubs going? Pubs in the Highlands appeared to be bucking a UK-wide trend of pub and bar closures. Since 2008, almost a quarter of pubs in the UK have shut according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis. But the study shows that in the Highlands there are 14% more pubs than there were 10 years ago. Paul Waterson, of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said a major factor behind the growth was that the pubs had done well…

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Pubs fail to stop underage gambling, watchdog warns

Image copyright Getty Images Only 10% of pubs intervene to stop children gambling on their premises, the Gambling Commission has found. The watchdog said it had found a “concerning” number of pubs where youngsters used gaming machines. Pub staff are expected to prevent under-18s playing on the machines and there should be clear signage indicating the age restriction. The British Beer and Pub Association said it took the findings “very seriously”. The Gambling Commission said it had been working with local police and licensing authorities to check pubs were acting…

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Historic post-war pubs given listed status

Five English pubs built after the Second World War have been given Grade II listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England. The pubs are valued for their architecture and history, including one designed around the nursery rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built”, and one themed around the Romans in Britain. Their new listed status means they will receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations. In post-war years, thousands of pubs were built…

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