The government is toasting the first-ever Community Pubs Day with an announcement of measures designed to bolster the Great British Pub and protect it for future generations.
The government's new regulations had been laid giving communities an even greater say in the planning process to protect valuable local pubs. Extra government funding has also been announced which will be pumped into schemes to support community ownership of valuable public houses.
Ministers have called on people across the country to mark the day by 'listing their local' as an asset of community value so it too can be afforded extra protection.
So far more than 600 pubs have been registered as an asset of community value and campaigners have pledged to triple that number this year alone to take advantage of this change in the law so that pubs, which play a crucial role at the heart of communities can remain a social hub for future generations.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has produced a 'community asset certificate' which is available to every listed local - and any other listed asset - to hang behind the bar, giving landlords the chance to celebrate the fact their pub is prized so highly by those who matter the most, the patrons.
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is supporting this protection of community pub campaign.
Cllr Ken Browse, chair of NALC said: "Up and down the country, pubs are often at the heart of communities so deserve protection for future generations to enjoy. We support many local (parish and town) council and communities who have listed pubs as assets of community value and encourage more to do so."