Blaze-hit pub to be rebuilt

Destroyed: Firefighters tackle the blaze. Pictures by Alex Gillibrand
Destroyed: Firefighters tackle the blaze. Pictures by Alex Gillibrand
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Plans to reopen village pub and restaurant

A landmark village pub and restaurant are set to rise again from the devastating flames that burnt them down.

The popular Dressers Arms and Little Hong Kong restaurant at Wheelton were destroyed in a fierce blaze last Thursday.

Both – the pub is below the restaurant on Briers Brow – were put out of business.

However, a message on the restaurant’s website states: “Fortunately, nobody was hurt but it is with great sadness that we announce the closure of LHK until the foreseeable future.

“We are, however, planning to rebuild and hope that you, our loyal customers, will return to us once we are up and running.

“Due to the severity of damage, it isn’t possible at the moment to estimate the time or scale of work in which this project will require. We will be making regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages for you to keep track of our progress.”

Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze. Two residents at the pub escaped unharmed and adjoining cottages were evacuated.

Dave Catterall is co-owner of the Little Hong Kong. Landlord Steve Turner runs the Dressers Arms. The cost of damage to the premises is expected to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Both the pub, which dates back to the 1700s, and the restaurant have received many messages of support through social media.

One Twitter account, Dressers on Tour, has been set up for the Dressers Arms “for all the loyal regulars who want to keep The Dressers’ spirit alive until our favourite pub is rebuilt. Meeting up every week”.