Two Isle of Man pubs to close next month

The Ship, Castletown The Ship Inn in is one of seven pubs in Castletown

Brewers Heron & Brearley will close two of its pubs in the Isle of Man next month, it has announced.

The Ship Inn in Castletown and the Britannia in Ramsey will shut for good from the 1 February.

Estates director, Steven Taylor said: "Trading for these pubs has been tough for some time and so the difficult decision has been made to close them."

He added: "Across the UK, pub closures are up 50% with 26 pubs closed every week. It is sad to see."

Although the market for pubs all over the UK is changing, Mr Taylor remains confident for the island's industry as a whole.

"Our customers in Ramsey and Castletown continue to enjoy a choice of venues but when any pub closes, jobs are lost and the whole community loses an important aspect of its heritage and culture," he added.

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