A PUB threatened with the axe has been granted a stay of execution after its owners agreed to delay its closure.
The Woodcutter, in Kingsley Avenue, Hartlepool, should be open at least throughout the festive period after its brewery, Scottish and Newcastle, appointed new management.
The pub was due to close to make way for new development after being bought by property developer Euro Property Management, run by town businessman Jon Whitfield.
But Mr Whitfield, who plans to turn the site into a residential development, said today that the sale has been delayed until the New Year.
He said: “From what we understand, the brewery has delayed the completion of the sale until the end of January.
“They are tying things in with the end of the financial year for their disposals and the pub is looking to stay open through Christmas, which I am pleased about anyway.
“We wouldn’t be looking to do anything with the site until Spring next year, so that shouldn’t affect us.”
Brenda Farrow, who lives at the pub with her husband, Chris, the pub’s manager, told the Mail: “We have been taken on by new management and it’s definitely staying open for the present time, but we don’t know how long for.
“We are open during normal working hours, except for Thursdays which is our day off anyway.”
She admitted: “It’s hard for us, we are just living day-to-day, week-to-week.”
Euro Property Management has already bought and developed a number of town pubs to turn into shops and flats, including Chris’s previous pub, The Station, in Station Lane, which is now a Sainsbury’s Local store.