Pint-sized pub fever gripping Lancashire

Micropub frenzy has spread to South Ribble, with Penwortham being the latest to see plans for one down its high street.

Plans have been submitted to South Ribble Council to turn the vacant building at 69 Liverpool Road, which was previously Swinton Insurance, into a pint-sized watering hole.

Applicant Jason Colles, who has lived in Penwortham for over 20 years, said: “The property is currently to let and the owner has agreed, in principle, for me to take on the lease as she very much supports my vision for this venture.

“I endeavour to create an establishment with a strong community feel in the hub of this wonderful village.

“I have found that such businesses have been successful in many places, such as Lytham, Chorley and Leyland.”

Proposed opening hours are 11am to 11pm, Monday to Friday, 11am to midnight on Saturday, and midday to 10:30pm on Sunday. The pub would employ three staff, one full-time and two part-time.

The plans are the latest of many micropubs that have cropped up throughout Lancashire in recent times.

The Bob Inn is a family-run micropub that has operated from Chorley Market since 2014. It was recently named in the 2018 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, an annual guide to the top pubs in the country.

Toastie Tavern on Market Street, Chorley, is one of the newest in the area, now in its third week of business.

For owners Frank Smalley and Lesley Humphrys is it their first micropub. They also run The Crown on Chapel Street and a total of 27

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Motorcyclist placed in induced coma after crash in Walton-le-Dale

A motorcyclist has been placed in a medically induced coma and is fighting for his life after he crashed at a busy junction in Walton-le-Dale.

The man, who is in his early twenties, was involved in what police believe was a one-vehicle accident at the mini roundabout between Victoria Road and Chorley Road.

Emergency services were called out to the scene of the accident at around 6.40pm on Tuesday, October 17.

The man, who is believed to be from the local area, was taken to hospital suffering with head injuries and multiple fractures.

A police spokesman said: “We believe the man came off his motorbike possibly having clipped a pavement.

“At this stage we do not believe any other vehicles were involved. “The man was taken to hospital suffering with head injuries and multiple fractures.

“He has been placed in a medically induced coma.

“Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact police.”

The road was closed for several hours and re-opened at around 10.30pm.

Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1232 of October 17.

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