A ONCE proud pub resembled a building site after bulldozers began demolishing the building in rural Fylde.
For generations, the iconic St George’s Hotel in Kirkham, popularly known to residents as The George, stood at the junction of Poulton Street, Moor Street and Station Road.
But demolition workers started dismantling the building to make way for a modern block of 12 apartments, six years after the pub first closed down.
Hopes of The George being saved were dashed after the building was declared unsafe.
Developer Melrose has started work on the dilapidated pub after it was left empty for more than a year.
Elaine Silverwood, who owns the Silverdell bookshop on Poulton Street, Kirkham, said: “It’s quite something to see that prime site looking so different.
“The George has been there for as long as we can all remember and it was a real landmark. It is a shame the facade could not be kept but the building was in a state of disrepair and was an eyesore.
“The new apartments are very pleasing and will add greatly to Kirkham.”
Coun Liz Oades said the building had to be replaced as she estimated it could have taken a further six years for the building to be bought by new owners and refurbished.
She said: “I’m a little disappointed because I would have preferred to keep the existing building.
“It’s iconic and could be extremely attractive if restored, however, I’m being pragmatic because it’s very unsafe inside there.
“Water has got in there after lead was taken off the roof and the floor is unsafe.”
The pub, which stood on the site for more than a century, had a chequered history.
In 2010 a body was found in the living accommodation and was the subject of a drugs raid by police, who found cannabis plants on the premises.