THE White Hart Inn has re-opened in the heart of St Dogmaels – two-and-a-half years after apparently closing its doors for the final time.

Staff and customers are raising their glasses in a toast to a remarkable campaign which culminated in the historic hostelry being taken over by the community.

“It seems like an age since March 2019 when it was announced that the pub was closing,” Julie Owen, who has overseen the project since August, reflected.

“Two-and-a-half years of fund-raising, applying for grants, having meetings, making decisions, dealing with lockdowns and increasing our shareholders to 538 - and now the doors have finally re-opened.

“The committee was initially led by Jo Pitt and the project wouldn’t be where it is without her leadership and attention to detail.

“Justin Walters took over and his tenacity saw the committee get over the line and get the keys in May 2021.

“The 15 members have shown superb dedication and skills.

“Add to the mix thirty ‘Volunteer Heroes’ whose energy and enthusiasm have been awesome.

“The building has thrown everything at us and there have been times when it has been daunting.

“Throughout the two and a half years we have been supported by many local businesses too.

“Those 538 shareholders, an Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant and a part loan, part grant from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action has enabled us to succeed.”