There has been a lot of online activity over the weekend concerning Nick Hogan, the former landlord given a six month prison sentence for refusing (or being unable) to pay fines in relation to people smoking in his premises. (See earlier post HERE.)
Old Holborn, in particular, has been very busy. According to Anna Raccoon:
His wife, Denise, is now managing their present pub in Chorley herself. Their trade is so low that they don't even bother to open the downstairs bar. Nick is bankrupt, and had gone to court intending to argue that he could not afford the £500 a month payments demanded by the council towards their £11,600 bill for prosecuting him.
He has already paid off £1,600. The court gave him a six month sentence instead, and he is currently in Forest Bank prison in Pendlebury, unable to help to earn the money which would ensure his release.
Denise has not even been able to speak to him since he was sentenced. She has merely been told to phone the prison on Monday to enquire when she might see him. She is confused, frightened, and feeling very lonely.
If all the people who disagree with the smoking ban contributed a few coppers, then Nick would be released ... Denise has just said to me 'All the people who disagree with the ban - where are they now? - and my Nick is in prison'. Quite.
Denise has no idea how to use the Internet, she has no idea how many of us are against the smoking ban. Let's show her.
Full post HERE.
Old Holborn has set up a PayPal account where you can make a donation towards Nick's unpaid fine and costs. Click on the link above for more details.
I have made a donation and I have asked OH to keep us informed of the running total. I understand that £10,000 is needed to get Nick out of prison so all contributions welcome.
Later today we will be sending an e-newsletter with news of Nick's plight to the 2,000 or so Forest subscribers. A similar bulletin will be sent to the 2,500 registered supporters of the Save Our Pubs and Clubs campaign.
More info to follow.
As of 09.45 this morning donations stand at £1,522. Check our tweets (top right) for updates.