Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk joined the regulars at a threatened local pub to toast a planning victory over the building's owners.
Mr Danczuk and the team at the Bull’s Head in Smallbridge raised a glass in celebration after officers at Rochdale Council rejected an application to convert the pub into a vet’s surgery.
The planning application, submitted by the pub’s Kent based owners Prontoserve, was kept a secret from the Bull’s Head long serving landlords and tenants Paul Quinn and Kay Bevan.
The couple contacted Mr Danczuk when they discovered a planning notice attached to a nearby lamppost.
After interventions from the MP and others, planning bosses at Rochdale Council refused the proposal put forward by Prontoserve.
Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk said: “This is a great victory for a small local pub over out-of-town developers.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who helped raise awareness and showed their support to the Bull’s Head. Paul, Kay and their many regulars have had some fantastic backing from local councillors and well wishers across Rochdale.
“But we’re not out of the woods yet. I am now helping Paul and Kay explore different options to make sure this fantastic community asset is protected and can continue to serve local people for many years to come.”