Regulars celebrate as future of The Swan in Woolston, Southampton, is secured by new landlady Jacqui Gordon

Daily Echo: Jacqui Gordon, new landlady of The Swan, with partner Richard Fearles Jacqui Gordon, new landlady of The Swan, with partner Richard Fearles

REGULARS at a Southampton pub are celebrating after its future was secured.

Drinkers at The Swan in Woolston feared they could lose their pub after its former landlord left in January and its owner, Star Pubs, put it up for sale.

Now there are cheers all round after it was bought by the landlords of the Yacht Tavern in Sea Road.

The Swan used to be a thriving hub for live music, and bands would regularly play gigs their every weekend.

New landlady Jacqui Gordon, who will run the Portsmouth Road pub with her partner Richard Fearles, hopes to restore it to its former glory.

Jacqui said: “We used to pop in to The Swan now and again, and we have lots of live music at The Yacht, but one of the problems is we have too many bands and not enough venues.

“This was an opportunity to get the pub back as a live music venue and we want to turn it back into that.

“We are over the moon to be running The Swan, we have had support from local people and local bands as well and we can’t wait to get started.”

Already they have started decorating the pub, which will officially reopen on July 4.

It will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 1pm to 11pm, with this being extended to 12pm at weekends.

They are hoping former staff at the pub will get in touch, as it has created job opportunities for at two full-time staff and four part-time employees.

The new owners are hoping that bands in Southampton can visit the pub to talk about future gigs.

The news was welcomed by Labour councillor for Woolston, Warwick Payne.

He said: “In a climate where a lot of valued community pubs are closing it is good news that The Swan is reopening.”

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10:16am Mon 30 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

EXCELLENT pub , great music venue . . Keep the MUSIC & BEER pumping
EXCELLENT pub , great music venue . . Keep the MUSIC & BEER pumping SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 8

12:17pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BANJOED says...

Well done! at least one pub kept out of the clutches of Tesco or McDonalds.
Well done! at least one pub kept out of the clutches of Tesco or McDonalds. BANJOED
  • Score: 6

12:33pm Mon 30 Jun 14

treehamer says...

Amazing news, another local saved!! All the best to you both x
Amazing news, another local saved!! All the best to you both x treehamer
  • Score: 6

12:48pm Mon 30 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

When do we say TAKE THAT TESCOS! or STICK THAT IN YOUR PROCESSED BURGER AND SMOKE IT MCDONALDS!? Seriously though, well done to all concerned.
When do we say TAKE THAT TESCOS! or STICK THAT IN YOUR PROCESSED BURGER AND SMOKE IT MCDONALDS!? Seriously though, well done to all concerned. 03alpe01
  • Score: 3

2:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

just jake says...

well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant
well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant just jake
  • Score: -1

7:05pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

just jake wrote:
well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant
The swan, Totton?
[quote][p][bold]just jake[/bold] wrote: well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant[/p][/quote]The swan, Totton? Zexagon
  • Score: 0

8:41pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

just jake wrote:
well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant
Well, the trouble with businesses is, nobody's going to just let you try and run one with no risk on your part.
[quote][p][bold]just jake[/bold] wrote: well the trouble with the brewerys is if you have no money they wont give you a chance to run a pub and you could be a gr8 landlord or landlady....I know I am one with out a pub our last one is to be an indian resturant[/p][/quote]Well, the trouble with businesses is, nobody's going to just let you try and run one with no risk on your part. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 5

9:08pm Mon 30 Jun 14

BarnetSaint says...

Greetings and best of luck from North London.
Beer, music and Saints
Perfect treble
Greetings and best of luck from North London. Beer, music and Saints Perfect treble BarnetSaint
  • Score: 3

8:03pm Tue 1 Jul 14

bigfella777 says...

Pubs are for idiots. Silly people sat about drinking industrial solvent laughing at a load of nonsense.
Expand your mind
Pubs are for idiots. Silly people sat about drinking industrial solvent laughing at a load of nonsense. Expand your mind bigfella777
  • Score: -4
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