A POPULAR Lockwood pub has become the latest victim of the recession.
The Shoulder of Mutton has been boarded up and is now thought to be up for sale.
It is the third pub in the centre of Lockwood to go.
The Red Lion, on Lockwood Road, and The Town Hall in Swan lane have already been shut for many months.
The pub is at the head of Neal Road, a short cobbled street off Meltham Road.
It was home to a weekly music “jamming” night, to local soccer clubs including Storthes Hall, and a quiz team.
A regular customer has been Clr Julie Stewart-Turner, a local councillor and currently Mayor of Kirklees.
She said: “It’s a real shame. It has been a popular pub for so many years and has been at the centre of the community.
“There were some really nice people in there, and some wonderful characters.
“When a pub closes it rips the heart out of the community”.
The pub is on the books of Punch Taverns and yesterday the embattled chain called last orders on 300 more of its under-performing.
The firm, which is burdened with a £4.4 billion debt, has tried to offload some of the pubs before but has cut prices to try and spark interest in the sites.
Many of the pubs up for sale are expected to remain as licensed premises, although a “significant number” could be turned into housing or shops.
The pubs are spread across the UK and most are being sold by business agents Christie & Co with vacant possession.
Punch Taverns, which has around 8,000 pubs in total, said the premises to be sold were from its “turnaround” division of struggling businesses.