Our quaint seaside village is becoming a ghost town after THREE of our pubs have closed – where will everyone go?

RESIDENTS in a quaint seaside village say it is becoming a ghost town after three pubs are due to close.

There will only be one pub left in Dymchurch, Kent, but it will only be open Friday to Sunday.

Andrew and Marluce Clark, owners of micropub Hidden Treasure, said it's

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Andrew and Marluce Clark, owners of micropub Hidden Treasure, said it’s “not worth it” to open more than three days a weekPhoto credit: SWNS
Mark Lilly, owner of The Ship Inn, said it will remain a pub and urged locals to remain calm when the lease is sold

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Mark Lilly, owner of The Ship Inn, said it will remain a pub and urged locals to remain calm when the lease is soldPhoto credit: SWNS

Locals are now asking what will be left for the thousands who flock to the arcaded and fairground village each year as shops close too.

Elderly couple Derek and Susanne Coppin moved to the village from nearby Maidstone six years ago, enthusiastic about the facilities on offer.

But Susanne told MailOnline that she is devastated by what happened.

She said: “I find it shameful. I worry that the village might turn into some kind of ghost town.

“Now the butcher shop recently closed and you have all these pubs for sale.”

The drunk victims are The City of London, The Ocean Inn and The Ship Inn.

The City of London closed its doors earlier this year and went on the market for £295,000.

Since then, The Ship Inn and The Ocean Inn have been kicked up for £250,000 and £125,000 respectively, but both remain open until further notice.

It’s unclear why all three have closed shop – but 33 pubs are closing each month across the UK.

A combination of buying liquor at the supermarket, staying indoors, the rising cost of living and the devastating aftermath of Covid on the hospitality industry is to blame.

With uncertainty surrounding pubs in the village, Mark Lilly, owner of The Ship Inn, said it will remain a pub and urged locals to remain calm when the lease is sold.

He explained: “I think the current managers are just about ready to go and run their other pubs.”

Martin and Diane Petken live in neighboring St Mary’s Bay and regularly visit Dymchurch in the summer.

Diane said she “can’t believe” what happened and said she was concerned about the economic impact on the village now that they’re gone.

The Hidden Treasure Micropub is the only pub that is guaranteed to stay open but is closed during the week to save on rising energy prices which have ‘tripled’ in a year.

Owners Andrew and Marluce Clark said they struggled in the winter months and said it was “not worth it” to be open more than three days a week in the seasonal village.

Andrew explained: “We have to find the right balance between increasing our prices and making it affordable for people. That is a real challenge.”

The Ocean Inn remains open but is on the market

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The Ocean Inn remains open but is on the marketPhoto credit: SWNS
The City of London closed its doors earlier this year and went on the market for £295,000

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The City of London closed its doors earlier this year and went on the market for £295,000Photo credit: SWNS

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Russell Falcon

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