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Mottingham residents to march today in bid to save The Porcupine

PUBLISHED: 06:00 14 September 2013

Previous demonstrations have attracted attention from MPs all supporting the campaign to save The Porcupine.

Previous demonstrations have attracted attention from MPs all supporting the campaign to save The Porcupine.

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Mottingham residents will take to the streets this afternoon to protest against the closure of The Porcupine pub.

Former patrons of the pub, sold by Enterprise Inns earlier this year, will march from noon starting at Mottingham Station in a bid to prevent German supermarket chain Lidl from demolishing the building.

Last month, the 500-year-old pub was handed Asset of Community Value status, which could make it harder for Lidl to flatten.

March organiser, Howard Jones, says the pub is irreplaceable and an invaluable piece of Mottingham heritage.

He said: “There’s been a pub there since 1650 and it used to be fantastic. It was gradually being run down, but if it was taken back to it’s original form with an open fire it could be great again.

“Mottingham doesn’t have much heritage and once that pub is gone, it will never come back. It can never be replaced.”

CAMRA will be present for the march, which Howard hopes will have a strong turn out - despite a forecast for rain.

In recent months The Porcupine has been the subject of rallies, attracting pubs minister Brandon Lewis, as well as London Assembly member, Jenny Jones.

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