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Corner Flag landlord insists pub still open despite city centre upheaval in Sunderland

Staff at The Corner Flag, High Street West, Sunderland concerned about the works outside the pub. Pictured l-r are Kara Longley manager, Shaun Tate and Francesca Dimeo.

Staff at The Corner Flag, High Street West, Sunderland concerned about the works outside the pub. Pictured l-r are Kara Longley manager, Shaun Tate and Francesca Dimeo.

IT may be flanked by rubble, but it’s still business as usual at a city centre sports bar.

The Corner Flag has found itself in the middle of demolition works between the old Crowtree Leisure Centre and the new roadworks taking place as part of the new public square development in St Mary’s Way.

Formerly Idols, the pub site, which today also incorporates Indigo Rooms and Baby Indy, was once a popular spot for drinkers, but bosses say it has been affected by the multimillion-pound development taking place around it.

Manager Kara Langley said: “We get asked every day when we are closing because they assume we are being demolished. As far as we are aware, we are on the plans for the new square, and we have the lease here until November 2015.

“We had just got ourselves back up and running after they shut one end of The Bridges because of the Primark development, which meant we lost a lot of passing trade, and then this development started.”

In a bid to draw people to the area, the pub is hosting a number of events including a weekly busker’s night and live music with local music promoter Shaun Tate.

Kara added: “It’s difficult because people don’t want to walk through a building site, but we want to put on a range of events for people to remind them we’re still here.

“The roadworks have been an absolute nightmare for us, especially with our deliveries. It’s hard but we have a good set of regulars. The development is good for the city centre but it’s a shame when local businesses have to suffer in the meantime.”

 

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