A Wrexham landlady fears for the future of local communities if rising costs force closures of pubs and restaurants that were already struggling.

Beverley Davies is the Landlady at The Greyhound Inn on Holt Road, Wrexham alongside her husband Darren Nixon. 

The Greyhound Inn has been open as a pub for over 100 years with Beverley and Darren running the premises for the last five years. 

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Like many other social venues across the world, the pandemic and now rising electric and food costs has placed an immense pressure on the pub. 

Mrs Davies, who was born and raised in Wrexham, said: "We were just about breaking even before but now we are one bad bill away from extinction."

The pub has recently reduced it's opening hours, closing the venue on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

According to Mrs Davies the decision was made as there were fewer customers on these nights and it reduced the expenditure on heating and electricity. 

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She said: "It's just not doable unfortunately."

The venue holds biweekly live music nights on Saturdays however last weekend, October 22, they decided to host a race night to raise money for the family of Aria Hodgkiss. 

Aria Hodgkiss, from Rhostyllen, was tragically diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) - a tumour in her brain stem - on the day of her third birthday.

Her family were given a devastating prognosis for Aria.

But they quickly set about finding alternative forms of treatment - and heard about the new ONC201 drug which the family are continuing to fundraise for. 

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The event at the Greyhound Pub Inn raised £260.95 for the family.  

Mrs Davies said: "It melts my heart seeing everyone that is already penny pinching at the moment doing whatever they can to still dig deep."

Mrs Davies firmly believes that pubs, cafes and restaurants are essential to those in the community. 

She continued: "We're not just a pub we're a community, it's like a family. 

"We have regulars that come in everyday and for some it is the only social interaction they are getting all day.

"They need that stable place to socialise."

Mrs Davies fears for the future if other pubs and cafes are forced to close due to the rising costs. 

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