Meet the new landladies

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Two ambitious Chorley friends have taken the plunge to spruce up a run-down pub.

Anne Marland and Vicky Crook moved into the Lock and Quay pub, in Botany Brow, Chorley last month, and say they’re ready to take on the biggest challenge of their lives.

Mum-of-four Anne, 50, has never worked in a pub before, after spending 17 years at Age UK, but she now has big plans for her new business venture.

She said: “I know a lot of pubs are closing in Chorley, but we decided to go for it.

“I worked in marketing before, and have never done anything like this, but I just decided it was time for a change.

“It’s hard work, but I’m glad I made the move.”

Mum-of-two Vicky, 45, has experience in the industry after running the Market Tavern 11 years ago, and is now the Lock and Quay’s chef.

The pair have ploughed their resources in to revamping the pub, and have already created a new beer garden.

Anne said: “It was full of old mattresses before, so we’ve cleaned that out.

“We’ve also introduced a new menu, which the pub hasn’t had for years, so I think we’re in a strong position to succeed.”

The friends have taken out a 10-year lease, and are going to re-paint the pub inside and out.

They also want to bring live bands to the venue in the future, and will have an official opening day after the refurbishment.