FOR the last quarter of a century Ryan John has laid and swept the sawdust from the floors of Tafarn Sinc, the iconic pub in the village of Rosebush in the heart of the Preseli hills.

And when the pub was reopened under the new ownership of the community, it was apt that the 84-year-old veteran was on hand to taste the first pint.

Tafarn Sinc had been in danger of closing when the old landlord and landlady retired but a huge fund-raising effort that attracted worldwide interest – including support from Hollywood star Rhys Ifans - means it is now owned and run by the local community.

Campaigners raised a staggering £325,000 in little more than three months to buy the pub and keep it open and at the heart of community life.

Chairman of Cymdeithas Tafarn Sinc, Hefin Wyn said Ryan is an integral part of the village and the pub and his presence was appreciated.

“He has lived in the village all his life. He is ‘Mr Rosebush’ and is always ready to help and knows all that is to know about the area,” said Hefin.

As one of the 470-plus shareholders in the venture, Ryan was keen to help secure a long life for the pub.

Though a permanent manager is yet to be appointed, the pub is currently being run on a consultancy managerial basis by experienced landlady, Lonwen Thomas.

"Call in. A full menu is now available. Unfortunately no cards can be used yet to pay for meals. Bring plenty of cash!" added Hefin.