A NEWPORT man has set up a new Facebook group to support our struggling Isle of Wight pubs.

Only this week, the Sportsman's Rest at Porchfield called time due to the Covid climate.

Now James Wilson, from Castle Road in the town, is doing his bit to help what he calls a 'great British institution'.

James told the County Press: "In a time when pubs need all the help and support they can get, I have created a new group on Facebook called Wight Pubs and Inns.

"It’s a place for pubs to shout about their events, meal deals, special offers, menus, quizzes etc all in one place.

It’s also a place for their locals to post and share about what’s going on.

"I’m not involved in the industry but I just value this great British institution."

James said the group is for Isle of Wight pubs and inns only.

"It is not open to restaurants, cafe’s or any other venue. Its the Hub for the Pub.

It is also not the place for reviews, especially not bad ones."