Punters threaten Bull and Bush boycott if manager is forced to leave
A COMMUNITY has rallied round to try to save the manager of a popular Mackworth pub from leaving.
Residents started a petition after claims that the current manager of the Bull and Bush was being forced to leave.
And they have now collected more than 100 signatures to show their support.
Manager Perdip Gill and his partner, Mandy, said their "hands were legally tied" and could not comment when asked by the Derby Telegraph.
But regulars said the couple had been at the premises for 16 months and received a phone call last week telling them they needed to leave in seven days.
Councillor Paul Pegg, who is chairman of the Mackworth Estate Community Association, said he was "disgusted" by the news.
Mr Pegg, who is also on the Derby City Council's licensing committee, said: "We have 17 football teams and we have been using this pub for the last two years since they have been here.
"We've used it for youngsters' parties because the children are safe here. This pub will be boycotted by the residents if they leave."
LT Pub Management, based in London, said in a letter to Mr Pegg that it was providing management services for the pub. But the firm failed to respond to our request for a comment.
Tracy Latham, 43, of Brompton Road, is a regular at the pub.
She said: "A lot of us don't want to go out into town. We want to go to our local pub and have a good time with our friends.
"One lady comes from Leicester every Saturday night because she enjoys coming here so much.
"We'll get an action group together and we'll campaign against this."
Sharon Edwards, 53, who lives near Mackworth village, is captain of the ladies' darts team at the Bull and Bush.
She said: "Perdip and Mandy have bought shirts for the team and have really supported us.
"They've put a Sunday carvery on for the pensioners and got a pool team together. They've turned this pub around."
Ward councillor Lisa Higginbottom added: "People have put their heart and soul into this business.
"The petition is a brilliant idea. I only ever hear people speak highly of the Bull and Bush."