A PUB described as the “centre piece” of the village has been saved from permanent closure.

The Sun in Lydiard Millicent has been under the same management for 10 years, but the current publican announced the doors would close this week, plunging its future into uncertainty

Following a flood of support over social media the owner, Enterprise Inns, has now announced it will undergo a four-week renovation before opening under new management.

In a message on Facebook -which attracted hundreds of heartfelt comments -the outgoing landlord bid a final farewell to his customers.

“It is with deep regret that tonight I will be calling time at the Sun for the very last time. It has been a difficult decision but sadly overdue,” he said.

“If you’re passing and would like to pop in I’ll happily buy you a drink. I sincerely hope that it won’t be too long before someone throws open the doors to offer you warm welcome back to the Sun.

“Thank you so very much for your custom and support over the last ten years.

“In the absence of parents and children you have been mums and dads, and sons and daughters.”

Customer Derek Hunt wrote: “You will be greatly missed by all. The Sun is the centre piece of the village where everyone was always made welcome by you and your staff.”

Echoing the comments Tim Swinyard, borough councillor for Lydiard and Freshbrook and parish councillor for Grange Park, said: “There was a lot of panic when they said the old one was closing - it’s seen by many as a fixture of the area.

“When you go there you bump into quite a lot of people, it’s a really great pub. Everyone liked the landlord, I think he leaves with a lot of support with him.

“I grew up in Grange Park so I’ve been going to that pub for quite a few years. It could do with a little refurbishment, but as long as they keep the feeling of the place they’re onto a winner.”