There’s light at the end of the tunnel for historic pub

Gerard Gallagher, owner of Chorley Electrical which is opening on Towngate in Leyland
Gerard Gallagher, owner of Chorley Electrical which is opening on Towngate in Leyland
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One of Leyland’s oldest pubs is set to open as a new lighting showroom today, Tuesday.

The Original Ship Inn was bought by Chorley Electrical in April after being closed for some time.

The firm has been operating from an industrial estate in Moss Side for 24 years, but managing director Gerard Gallagher wanted bigger premises in the town centre.

He said: “The Ship is a 200-year-old building and while it was fantastic structurally, it’s needed a lot of internal work.

“Over the last five months we’ve re-plastered and decorated, put in new floorings and new lighting and heating


He says the move has been welcomed by the community, and that members of the public are pleased the historic building has been restored.

“We have had a really lovely welcome,” Mr Gallagher

said. “People have been walking past and telling us about their memories of the pub in its heyday, like when they had their first kiss or met their first girlfriend, so I’m glad we’ve been able to help restore the


Chorley Electrical also has branches in Chorley, Bolton and Darwen, and a similar project was undertaken in its hometown 14 years ago.

Mr Gallagher explained: “Moving into a bigger premise like this is something I have always wanted to do in Leyland, so I’m thrilled it’s finally


“We did this in Chorley a few years ago, we moved into an old pub building and it worked so well that I’ve been looking for a similar opportunity in Leyland ever since.

“I’m so excited about it.”

He hopes the move to a more visible location will help attract more customers to the shop.

He said: “The way the market has evolved over the past five or six years, we still have lots of trades customers.

“But we also see members of the public coming to us who want to do a bit of DIY, and that’s why we’ve moved to Towngate. We’re a local business rather than a big chain, and we’re opening ourselves up more to the


The four staff members from the Moss Side base have been transferred to Towngate.