Longridge businessman Ben Lee, who has bought The Dog Inn, has revealed that he is busy with plans to reopen the site as a community pub.
His purchase has been welcomed by many as halting the flow of local hostelries going for development.
It will be good for Longridge as the town’s expanding at a rate of knotsCorporation Arms landlord Paul MacNeil
Long-standing friend and licensee at the Towneley Arms, Charlotte Horobin, said: “It is absolutely fantastic what Ben has done.
“We’ve been urging him for a long time as the Dog has needed to be open for some time now.”
Campaigner Mark Smith is over the moon at the result of sustained efforts by his group to save the Market Place pub.
He added that the Dog Inn’s renewal would be good for the community and help other local pubs to maintain business.
John Spencer has lived opposite The Dog for 35 years and said: “I’ve seen it through its different landlords since it was a true country pub with the bowling green at the back when it was all in very good order.
“It will be good to see it restored to its former glory.”
Joan Potter, lollipop lady at the pub’s busy junction for 30 years, said: “I’ve looked at it almost every day and its many incumbents and feel it needs a facelift.”
Corporation Arms landlord Paul MacNeil added: “It will be good for Longridge as the town’s expanding at a rate of knots.”
Nigel Evans MP stressed the importance of the employment the pub industry creates and that the Dog Inn’s renewal would provide new employment in the area.
“It is absolutely vital that pubs, and those running them, receive support from the community and from central government. I will use my position in Parliament to make sure that this is the case.
“I very much look forward to raising a glass in the Dog Inn,” he added.