Plaxtol residents refurbish Papermakers Arms in a week

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Papermakers Arms
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The pub has been completely refurbished in a week, with local residents donating time, skills and money

A Kent pub is reopening for business after villagers gave it a facelift in just one week to prevent its closure.

The Papermakers Arms, in Plaxtol, near Tonbridge, was put on the market last month because of dwindling profits and fewer customers, dismaying residents.

Landlady June Edmondson said: "The pub itself just got tired and with no money to spare there's nothing you can do about that."

More than 100 residents donated their time and money to refurbish the pub.

They were encouraged to take action by resident Eileen Dickinson.

She said: "I've lived here for 20 years, and in that 20 years I've seen seven businesses disappear, and I wasn't prepared to sit back and let this happen again."

She added she decided to muster up as much support as possible, and 120 people came forward.

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