York publican says: ‘We will be back. Stay safe’

Inside the Swan on Clementhorpe. Photograph: Paul Crossman on Facebook

A leading York publican has issued a thank you to his customers as his pubs entered another lockdown.

Paul Crossman, licensee of The Swan, The Slip Inn and Volunteer Arms in York, wrote on Facebook: “I just really want to say a heartfelt thank you to our absolutely wonderful staff and customers who have collectively helped us through the two months since we reopened.

“We waited, we left it later than most, and everyone then responded with an absolutely amazing level of support.


“We then had the curfew, and we then entered Tier 2. Both had an effect of course but thanks to the collective efforts of our devoted pub community neither turned out to be the catastrophe that we feared (and that they were for many other pubs in different circumstances).

“Everyone put up with increasing levels of inconvenience, and simply kept coming, and for that we are sincerely grateful.

“We will be back. Until then, stay safe and keep the faith.”

Paul is also chair of the national Campaign For Pubs, which you can support here.