RESIDENTS in a County Durham town have bemoaned the demolition of a popular pub after it was announced that three properties are to be built on the land, with many branding the news “sad” and that pub closures are “causing a detrimental impact to communities”.

The Hat and Feather Inn at Consett became a vital asset for the town during the 80s, 90s and 00s, but during the decline of the pub trade from 2010 onwards, it eventually closed in 2017 under the ownership of Tadcaster Brewery.

As part of the building, which is located on Corbridge Road, the pub also featured an Italian restaurant at one point, as well as offering a car park to the south.

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However, in October 2020, a proposal submitted to Durham County Council was approved to pave the way for the creation of a four-bedroom family home and two semi-detached properties.

After the approval, the pub was subject to a demolition order, which took place earlier this week – to the local communities’ dismay.

Sharing images of the derelict looking pub on social media ready for demolition, residents shared their anger, sadness, and greatest memories of spending time in the pub during its heyday.

Here's some photos before the demolition:

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Taking to social media, one user wrote an impassioned speech about pub closures, which read: “There won’t be many left before too long, such a shame. Pubs were once the hub of the community, all of them had darts, pool and football teams, people out every night, great friendships were made, and people actually had conversations. Such a shame.”

Meanwhile, another social media said: “Shocking. Losing some great buildings and landmarks.”

Here are some pictures of the pre-demolition stage:

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However, others pointed the finger at people in Consett for “not using it enough,” with one person writing: “People are upset about losing an unviable pub they never supported it by using in the first place.”  

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