A POPULAR moggy has been given his marching orders from a local boozer, despite 14 years as a regular, following a crackdown by the new owners.
Outraged customers at the Greville Arms, in Cornyx Lane, have called for Thomas, a handsome blue/grey cat, to be allowed to purr in peace.
In the past, the pampered puss even had his own chair at the busy watering hole.
But now the pub is under new management and a sign has been posted asking locals to keep Thomas out.
His owner Julie Goddard, who lives nearby, said: “He just loves people and he has been going inside the pub since he was a kitten. I can understand that they may not want him around there if they are serving food but what can I do? I can’t lock him in.”
A long-time customer added: “Thomas went missing three years ago and we all missed him and helped to look for him.
“Now he has become an outcast at his favourite pub as the new management have barred him for life.
“They say the regulars have made complaints about cats on the premises which is strange as the management is conspicuous by their absence.
“To my eyes all the locals are ignoring the ban and welcoming Thomas in with open arms - and long may he reign!”
A spokesman for the Greville Arms said: “We are discouraging the cat from coming into the pub, because we’ve had some customer complaints and we have a member of staff who is allergic. The issue is not the cat coming in but the number of times it comes into the business each day. We have discussed this with the owner of the cat and she completely understands.”