New pub contains lots of memories

Layton Raikes pub in Market Street, Blackpool.
Layton Raikes pub in Market Street, Blackpool.
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Blackpool’s newest town centre pub – and the Wetherspoon chain’s latest investment in Blackpool – opened its doors on Market Street this week.

The long awaited three-floor Layton Raikes pub includes a roof terrace area with memorabilia such as a carousel horse sculpture and posters detailing the exploits of stars including Stanley Matthews, Frank Swift and Janet Munro plus a tribute to former Tower Circus clown Charlie Cairoli - whose son opened the new venue.

There are also heritage posters from attractions such as the Grand Theatre dotted around plus shelves of books on display.

Manager Lee Thelwell said: “The roof terrace is illuminated and we’re hoping to source a telescope for people to look over the sea view with. There’s definitely investment going on in Blackpool. We’re really happy with the pub.

“There’s a lift to all floors making it accessible to everyone. In the past few days we’ve had people down here in wheelchairs to make sure they can get to every part of it, and they’ve been able to tell us any changes we need to make for them.

Blackpool councillor Graham said: “I think this is an excellent addition to what Blackpool has to offer.

“I think it’s fantastic they’ve used the history of Blackpool inside the building and it’s certainly improved the area.

“It’s also created 40 to 50 jobs which is also excellent for Blackpool’s economy.”