Locals call for community to support flood-hit Swaledale pub

The Bridge Inn after the flooding last July. Photo: Guy Carpenter.

Pub regulars have urged the community to support a Dales pub hit by flooding twice in 12 months.

The Bridge Inn at Grinton flooded during the flash floods which affected areas of Swaledale and Wensleydale last July.

The pub was still recovering when it was washed out again during the floods earlier this month.

Now regulars at the pub are urging

Retired journalist Paul Stokes, from Fremington, said the two floods and the worst winter storms were threatening the very survival of the pub.

He added: “The Bridge Inn needs you.

“Locals and Yorkshire Dales’ visitors alike are urged to support Andrew and his staff who are battling against the odds.

“No one should underestimate what the loss of a vital pub at the hub of a community would mean.

“In the words of Joni Mitchell, ‘You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’.”

Flooding at the Bridge Inn. earlier this month.

Landlord Andrew Atkin said he was grateful for the backing.

“We rode the first flooding which had a big impact on us, but this second one was like a big kick in the teeth.

“We are still not fully functional due to the cellar still being flooded, but the food side of things is functioning as normal.

“It is times like these you need local support to help you get through.”