A popular Workington pub has called last orders for the final time after more than 30 years.

Yankees Bar, in Washington Street, closed this week and is on the market for £250,000.

The closure of the prominent building, which was once at the heart of the town's nightlife, has come as a shock to many.

Stephen Walker, vice chair at West Cumbria Campaign for Real Ale, added: "It's sad to see any pub go.

"The big concern we have in Camra is that we're awash with real ales but we need somewhere to drink them.

"The pub is the best place to drink, not sitting at home."

Michael Heaslip, town councillor for the St John's ward, said he was sorry to see Yankees close and called for Government action to tackle low supermarket prices which he feels are driving pubs out of business.

He said: "I can remember it opening as Yankees wine bar back in the early 80s.

"There are too many pubs in this country closing every week and I suspect it's a lot to do with the fact that supermarkets are selling drink cheap which means people load up at home.

"They're places where people can go meet and socialise but you can't do that if they're shut.

"It's very sad and I wish there was something we could do about it locally."

The pub opened in 1986 after Glenys and Brian Walker converted a terraced house and was named after Brian's grandfather, who was known as Yankee Walker.

Sons Kurtis and Kent have helped run the family business through the years, serving for a time as managers.

An advert for the pub's sale claims it employed about 20 people, most of which were part-time.

A spokesman for Yankees confirmed the pub had closed but declined to give further details.