Each week, more than a dozen pubs shut their doors for good in towns and villages across the country. That equals hundreds every year and many of those that don't shut up shop end up in the hands of the big brewery chains.
But as Dave Mason reports, one community in Bath is hoping to retain the character of its local pub by persuading regulars to buy it between them.
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Stephen Gilbert who was the constituency's MP from 2010-15 will contest the St Austell & Newquay seat for the Liberal Democrats on 8 June.
It'll be dry and sunny to begin with this Bank Holiday weekend in the West, but with showers just around the corner.
It's a mixed weekend for the South West ahead with sunshine on Saturday but rain and showers across Sunday and Monday.