PUB regulars are holding a party on Saturday in a bid to persuade their landlords not to sell up and emigrate to Australia. They say the homely atmosphere created by Simon and Lucy Vane is so welcoming that they don't want them to go. The Appledore Inn, i

PUB regulars are holding a party on Saturday in a bid to persuade their landlords not to sell up and emigrate to Australia.They say the homely atmosphere created by Simon and Lucy Vane is so welcoming that they don't want them to go.The Appledore Inn, in Chingswell Street, Bideford, is one of around 11 pubs up for sale in the town.Simon and Lucy, who have been the licensees for five years, put the pub on the market about three months ago."We have investigated the possibility of going to Australia," said Lucy. "We believe it would offer a better lifestyle both for us and our two teenage children."I'm a hairdresser and Simon is an electrician, so we qualify on that score.Simon said: "It's much harder running a pub than it used to be in this country. We've got to find a buyer, of course, but we have had a few viewings."We are lucky in that the Appledore Inn is a freehouse."Saturday's party is being filmed for a BBC Inside Out programme to be shown later in the year.Chief organiser is Freda Woolford, who celebrated her 80th birthday at the Appledore Inn last week.She is being helped by longstanding regulars Daphne Smith and Liz Byng.Freda said: "The pub has such a wonderful atmosphere. Everyone makes you feel welcome. I'm 80, but I don't feel at all frightened to come in on my own."Daphne chipped in: "Simon and Lucy have made it such a lovely family pub that we don't want them to go.The party on Saturday starts at 7pm."We're hoping to have a pianist or an organist and enjoy a good old-fashioned sing-song," said Liz."If that doesn't persuade them to stay, then I don't know what will.