Pub tale highlights Britain's new community ethos

In this Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 picture, customers laugh as they wait to post letters in the Raven Inn pub in Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Wales. Britain may be in the grip of a nasty cold snap, but it's business as usual at The Raven Inn. The workers have a strong stake in keeping the pub going come rain, shine, sleet, or snow: They're all local volunteers who bought the license to run the inn after it closed at the height of Britain's credit crunch.The 290-year-old Raven Inn is the only watering hole in this tiny Welsh village nestled in the Clwydian Hills. That makes it the heart-and-soul of the community, the place where news is shared, joys celebrated, losses commiserated. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

December 20, 2010 5:33:23 AM PST
Bundled up against the cold, Dave Willis and wife Sue shovel snow from the pathway to The Raven Inn. Wendy Holifield carries out the sandwich board and plants it by the pub's stone wall. Inside, Jim Pilkington stokes the fire and checks the beer taps are in order.

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