New pub sets sail

The Jolly Tars pub which is opening in Cleveleys. Pictured is pub manager Julie Rodgers.
The Jolly Tars pub which is opening in Cleveleys. Pictured is pub manager Julie Rodgers.
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An historic Cleveleys entertainment troupe has been honoured by a brand pub.

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is opening its latest Fylde coast outlet – The Jolly Tars – on Tuesday, June 28, in Cleveleys – with the creation of 50 jobs.

The company has spent £1m developing the outlet, on the site of the former Kwik Save store, in Victoria Road West.

Managed by Blackpool-born Julie Rodgers, who was previously manager at two other Wetherspoon pubs in the area (The Trawl Boat Inn in St Annes and The Thomas Drummond in Fleetwood), the new pub’s name refers to the open air shows, which were highly popular during the summer seasons.

The Jolly Tars Concert Party was the best known of the entertainers to visit the resort between the Wars.

A nine-strong family team, the Jolly Tars regularly entertained huge crowds on the promenades.

Their Great Benefit Night Programme in August 1931 attracted a 2,000-strong audience.

The new pub will specialise in real ale, serving a wide range of beers, including those from local and regional brewers.

It will be open from 8am until midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and 8am until 1am (Friday and Saturday). Food will be served throughout the day until 10pm.

Children, accompanied by an adult, will be welcome until 9pm throughout the week, with last orders for food at 8pm. As a condition of the licence, both the adult and child must order a meal.

The Jolly Tars will be wheelchair accessible, and have a specially-adapted toilet for people with disabilities.

The pub features one bar, with a large feature back bar fitting, as well as a pavement café-style area to the front of the premises, where smoking is permitted.

Photos and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area will be displayed, as well as glasswork by local glassblower John Ditchfield, and commissioned artwork by Tina Warren.