50 new jobs for town

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FIFTY new jobs will be created when a landmark Garstang pub reopens this summer after a £700,000 revamp.

The makeover, at The Flag, on the A6, was due to start this week.

Owner Marston’s Inns and Taverns plan to give the Flag, which has been closed for two years, a new lease of life, new facilities, and a landscaped garden – as well as an eaterie with all day menus.

Marston’s Inns and Taverns area manager Jeanette Quinn said: “We’re delighted to be able to invest in this well-loved community pub.

“Once the refurbishment has been done, it will be a family-friendly destination pub, with fresh cask beers, a great wine list and a value-for-money two-for-one menu that will be available all day, every day.

“The pub will be a great place to visit, or come with the family for a bite to eat. We’re delighted to be able to keep this pub alive as an important focal point for the local community.”

Marston’s plans include refurbishing the lounge, creating a bigger kitchen and improved catering facilities. The new-look Flag will become part of Marston’s ‘managed portfolio’, rather than be run by tenants.

There will also be a children’s play zone inside, to encourage family dining.

The northerly car park, bordering Longmoor Lane, will be converted into a garden/play area. Old outbuildings south of the pub, off Parkside Lane, will be demolished.

Changes at the pub’s two car parks will lead to the creation of an extra nine parking spaces, giving a total of 55.

There will also be new lawns and planting areas, including some