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Second hotel closure for village.

A VILLAGE is suffering after a second hotel closure this year, the parish council chairman said.

The Percy Arms Hotel in Otterburn, Northumberland, has gone into administration after it suddenly shut over Christmas.

It follows the closure of Otterburn Hall Hotel in August, and leaves the village with only one of its three hotels - Otterburn Towers - open.

John Hartshorne, the parish chairman, said yesterday: "It is more than a sad loss ... it is like ripping the heart out of the rural community.

"We had until recently three hotels but there is only one surviving now. "But the Percy Arms was a gathering point, more of a village inn, a focal point for the villagers."

The closure follows electricity supply cuts in December which have left half of the village powered by a generator stationed on a lorry outside the Catholic church. The 27-room Percy Arms is known to have lost a number of Christmas bookings because of the outages, and more than 20 staff have lost their jobs.

Owners Clive and Alice Emerson, who have run the Percy Arms for 25 years, were out of contact yesterday but an administrators' meeting is believed to have been arranged for early January in York.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2012
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