A CAMPAIGN to save an historic pub in Llynclys has been launched.

The White Lion Inn has been sold by Admiral Taverns, a leased and tenanted pub company, causing concern among residents in the area who have launched a petition to make the property an asset of community value.

A Facebook page named Save the White Lion Llynclys was set up last Friday, and is gathering names to be added to a petition which aims to protect its future.

It was confirmed by Admiral Taverns that the building had been sold.

A spokesman said: “We can confirm that the White Lion has been sold.

“While our priority is always on running long-term sustainable pub businesses, we took the decision to place the pub on the market last year."

The pub has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. There was a toll house on the crossroads in the 16th century and there are records of a public house since after 1840 when it was called the Red Lion.

One campaigner described the pub as an ‘amazing social hub’ in previous years.

They said: “Over the years and with good management, this has been an amazing social hub, a goldmine with a genuine family feel, great playground and amazing food. It just needs the right owner to drive it forward.”

The building hasn’t changed appearance very much since the 1960s and has been a familiar local site at the crossroads at Llynclys.

Campaigners on the Facebook page are asking for people’s thoughts about how they would like to see the pub run in the future.

If you would like to find out more, or sign the petition, visit www.facebook.com/whitelionllynclys1