IAN HART: Another pub close it? Remember, it’s use it or lose it...

Having enjoyed several stays of execution already, it finally looks like the end of the road for The Elms pub in Broadwater.

I’ve deliberately avoided adding the phrase ‘much-loved’ because that’s the whole crux of the matter.

I’m as a guilty as the next person when getting all dewey eyed and nostalgic when another pub closes its doors for the last time.

We’ve had it with the likes of The Wigmore, The Globe, The Clifton and The Jolly Brewers, but ultimately pubs shut because punters don’t use them.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was talking to someone about the closure of The Dolphin.

The person I was with was saying how terrible it was that a well-known supermarket chain had taken over the site and how damaging it was to the local community to lose the pub.

He got that passionate I almost considered to start humming Land of hope and Glory as an accompaniment.

All very stirring, until I hit him with the million-dollar question: “When was the last time you drank there?” He couldn’t remember!

Case in point, and clearly it’s ‘use it or lose it’. By way of consolation, the end is not quite nigh for The Elms, so if you do fancy one more sentimental visit for old times’ sake, you still have a bit of time.

But on a positive note, as one pub door shuts, another opens – or, actually, reopens.

The former Anchor/Jack Horner/Stage has undergone an extensive re-fit by its new owners, the proprietors of the very successful Beach House, and Worthing’s newest pub, The Corner House, is now not that far away from opening its doors.

Hopefully the venue will hopefully become a welcome addition to Worthing’s nightlife.

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