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Community pub opens again after two years

A COMMUNITY and socialist pub supporting homeless and hungry people has reopened after being closed for two years by the pandemic.

The Station Hotel in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, has for years welcomed homeless and destitute people, providing them with shelter, food and warmth.

While licensee Pauline Town was unable to serve paying customers for 26 months, she has worked with a team of volunteers to make packed meals for all who needed them.

Saturday night’s reopening was an evening of celebration with entertainers including singer-songwriter Joe Solo.

The event was also a fundraiser and the cash raised will not only help feed hungry people, but will also pay trade union subscriptions for low-paid workers.

During the lockdowns, the pub helped the district’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to survive.

The pub supports the “We Shall Overcome” community movement whose slogan is “Solidarity not charity.”

More information can be found on the WSO – Welcome Home Facebook page.

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