Leeds & West Yorkshire

Flood-hit Cardigan Arms pub aims for community ownership

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Image caption Supporters aim to turn the Cardigan Arms into a community-owned pub

A well-known Leeds pub that was hit by the the 2015 Christmas floods is asking locals to invest £100 each to resurrect it as a community focus.

The Cardigan Arms was left under several feet of water along with many other businesses when the River Aire broke its banks on Boxing Day 2015.

Since then, a project has been launched to turn it into a community-owned pub.

More than 200 people have joined the campaign to save the Kirkstall Road premises, which requires refurbishment.

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Image caption The pub sits on the Kirkstall Road in Leeds

Investors will become co-op members with voting rights as well as being commemorated within the building.

Campaigner Chris Hill said the group was aiming to raise a total of £300,000 by the end of May and called it a "decent investment opportunity".

The Campaign for Real Ale said there were about 70 pubs across the UK owned by their local community.

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