THIS was the scene as the bulldozers moved in at a once thriving Fylde coast pub.
The Falcon Hotel, in Poulton, has been popular with residents for more than 30 years, but this week diggers reduced the Hardhorn Way pub to rubble.
Residents fought to save their local, but in February this year, Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Daniel Thwaites, admitted the venue was struggling to stay afloat as a business.
The site is now set to be turned into 12 family homes by developer Baxter Homes Limited.
Developer David Walker said it was sad to see so many public houses going out of business but believed the move would boost the local economy and mean more work for local tradespeople.
He added: “The pub was looking a bit weary and unfortunately this has been happening with a lot of pub estates which they just can’t make viable.
“This is our second pub site in the area – we’ve already put homes on the site of the former Queens Hotel in the town.”
Former landlady Dawn Ashfield, who moved into the pub in January this year, said she was devastated when she found out the brewery wanted to build homes on the site.
And Geoff Smethurst, a regular for 30 years, said it was a sad day to see it go.
He added: “I remember in the 1990s when it won pub of the year and had folk singers and jazz musicians playing all the time.”
“It was surrounded by flowers and was a real community venue.”