New pub marks vehicle heritage

Carolyne and Mark Batty outside the new Wetherspoons pub, The Leyland Lion, on Hough Lane, Leyland
Carolyne and Mark Batty outside the new Wetherspoons pub, The Leyland Lion, on Hough Lane, Leyland
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A million-pound revamp of Leyland’s former post office has seen it transformed into a new pub.

The Leyland Lion on Hough Lane officially opened on Tuesday with the creation of 40 jobs.

The pub, part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, spent £950,000 redeveloping the building which will now be managed by Mark and Carolyne Batty.

It was officially opened with the help of Peggy Hastie, 87, and Peter Dawson, 70, of Maplewood Close.

Peter and Peggy’s late husband George are featured in one of the historic photos in the pub which celebrates Leyland’s transport heritage.

They are pictured in 1966 at a show in Moscow.

Mr Dawson said: “Me and George used to take examples of vehicles to shows overseas. We were in Moscow then picking one up and bringing it back to Leyland. The job took us all over the place.”

In a strange coincidence, the photograph was noticed by bosses from Wetherspoons when they visited the house of Peggy’s grand-daughter, who used to work for the pub giant.

Mr Dawson said: “Peggy’s grand-daughter had the picture hanging on the wall. She is still friends with people from Wetherspoons and they asked if they could use it in the new pub.

“When they asked if me and Peggy could be there at the opening, it was quite a shock to say the least.”

The new pub will be open from 8am until 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am Friday and Saturday. Food will be served throughout the day, until 10pm every day.

The pub features a bar with stainless steel trim and recycled tyre tread, reminiscent of the Leyland Lion buses.

And the interior includes a feature bench bus seat and coffee tables made from original vintage luggage trunks.

Photos, local history artwork and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area, are also displayed in the pub.

There is also a beer garden at the back of the building which will be open until 10pm, where smoking will be permitted.

Manager Mark Batty said: “Myself, Carolyne and our team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a good addition to Leyland’s social scene.”