Branch members showed their support for the ‘Salisbury is Open’ campaign by visiting pubs close to the Mill pub where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found following the nerve agent attack in the city.

The branch holds a monthly City Saunter around local pubs and this time chose venues near the site of the incident that sparked an international diplomatic row.

Shops and businesses in Salisbury suffered in the aftermath of the attack as customers and tourists stayed away.

Because of this a ‘Salisbury is Open’ campaign has been launched to counteract the loss of trade and CAMRA members were among the first to show their support in a practical way. They visited the Boathouse, the Bridge Tap, Quds and the Haunch of Venison.

Salisbury & South Wilts branch chairman Derek Blackshaw said: “It was the largest group (pictured above) that I have ever experienced on one of our city saunters.

“As a local organisation we feel it is important to do what we can to support our local businesses, especially pubs, and demonstrate that they are most certainly open for business.

“We hope other local organisations will make similar efforts in their sphere of interest and everybody will turn out and show that Salisbury is in business.”

The Mill pub remains closed as part of an ongoing police investigation.

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