Village fights to keep its Crown
VILLAGERS are battling to save their boozer after the brewery put their local pub up for sale.
Shepherd Neame decided to sell The Crown and Sceptre in Acol after landlord Brad Vowles handed in his notice last month.
Brad is the life and soul of the party at the karaoke nights and the Crown's regulars raised more than £3,500 in the past year for the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital Rainbow Ward for sick children.
With rising beer duty and poor summer weather last year, business took a hit and Brad will hang up his beer towel in September.
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In the meantime, it's business as usual at The Crown with its karaoke nights and some of the best home-cooked pub grub in Thanet.
Shepherd Neame property director George Barnes confirmed the decision and said: "We have just put the Crown and Sceptre in Acol on the market and it is being sold as a pub.
"Shepherd Neame has around 300 tenanted pubs across the South East, including town centre bars, inns, historic village pubs, "destination" food pubs and community locals.
"In the last financial year we have invested nearly half a million pounds in community pubs alone."