Closed pub throws open its doors...but just for the day

Open Day at the Stanley Arms Hotel (Blue Room), Church Street, Blackpool.
Open Day at the Stanley Arms Hotel (Blue Room), Church Street, Blackpool.
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The first steps towards the planned re-opening of a popular town centre bar were taken with an open day search for a new publican

Enterprise Inns threw open the doors of its bar, The Blue Room on Church Street, to punters interested in taking over the building, which closed in July.

Several people showed interest in managing the venue, including Paul Evans.

Mr Evans, 40, of Adelaide Street, said the venue could work if re-launched, but feared rent prices could put many people off.

He said: “I think it would be a hard thing to try to make work but you never know.

“It could be a good opportunity for someone. But pubs in general are having a hard time of things.

“It seems to have a student, indie sort of vibe. It might be hard to turn around but if you don’t try then you’ll never know.

“However, the rent around here is high, so could put people off.”

Craig Jones, 38 of Newton Drive, added: “It was a great venue in its heyday and I used to come down quite often.

“I hope it re-opens soon and gets the backing of many people in the area.”

Earlier this week, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said a re-launched Blue Room could act as “a vibrant part of an important town quarter”.

A spokesman for Enterprise Inns said: “We would like to reassure the residents of Blackpool that the closure of the Blue Room is temporary and that we are actively recruiting for a new publican with the passion and drive to take the business forward.”