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We’ve seen off Tesco store bid – people power hailed for saving historic Tramway Hotel in Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 09:02 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:02 24 July 2015

Campaigners celebrate the news that Tesco's will not be turning the Tramway pub into a shop.

Campaigners celebrate the news that Tesco's will not be turning the Tramway pub into a shop.

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“People power won the day” – that was the reaction of campaigners after supermarket giant Tesco finally backed down in its attempt to take over a historic Lowestoft hotel.

In what has been billed as a David versus Goliath-style battle, people in Pakefield fought tooth and nail against a proposal to convert the Tramway Hotel into a Tesco Express.

After holding demonstrations, gathering 2,000 signatures on a petition and setting up a campaign group during a three-year battle, Tesco this week announced it was backing down, with a spokesman for the firm saying: “We have made the difficult decision not to proceed with plans for a new store.”

John Ward, secretary of Pakefield Opposing Tesco, said: “As far as I am concerned, with the Tramway Hotel dating back to 1904, we did manage to save an iconic pub.

“It would have been a disaster if Tesco did come in.”

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