YEP Says (Jan 22): Raising a glass to community pubs

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THE woolpack pub at Esholt has become a Yorkshire institution since it first featured on Emmerdale Farm – now Emmerdale – 40 years ago.

Yet what will the next four decades hold for such hostelries? For, while it would be impossible to produce a TV soap opera like Emmerdale, Coronation Street or EastEnders without a cast of characters propping up the bars of The Woolpack, the Rovers Return or the Queen Vic respectively, the actual drama is in the real world, where the pub industry is fighting for its future.