Elk is readers’ choice for pub

The town's new pub will open on December 17 after Gazette readers picked its name. Below: Coun Lesley McKay.
The town's new pub will open on December 17 after Gazette readers picked its name. Below: Coun Lesley McKay.

The newest addition to Poulton’s nightlife has shown it is willing to stick by its community ties after readers of The Gazette chose its name.

The Poulton Elk will open on December 17 in place of the former Edge bar on Hardhorn Road after JD Wetherspoon took on the empty site.

Coun Lesley McKay

Coun Lesley McKay

The name was picked by readers from a choice of five – with Wetherspoons bosses having the final say – and refers to the discovery of the skeleton of a 12,000-year-old Elk in a building site on Blackpool Old Road, in July 1970.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “Wetherspoons will always try to tie in with an historical aspect or character in the area and this has a great historical reference.

“The fact that readers of The Gazette were given the chance to choose this name shows people really do care about pub names and keeping a link between the town.

“Wetherspoons uses people to look into local history and decide on a name.

“We take it very seriously and we always have a side of pubs that involve their towns.”

The chain, which has 880 pubs in the UK, will spend £1.4m revamping the site after it has stood empty for two years. Bosses also hope to create between 45 and 50 jobs in the town once its interior is stripped out and it opens during the festive season.

Coun Lesley McKay, a Tithebarn ward councillor for Wyre Council, supported the pub’s new community-spirited name.

She said: “It’s a really good start and they’ve engaged with the community straight away.

“Sometimes a chain just comes into town and that’s it but the fact they want to keep it part of the town and is great and really positive.

“Opening it before Christmas is something that will give the area a boost.

“Wetherspoons has shown they want to be a part of the town and Poulton has really strong feel for it.

“You don’t really see groups doing things like this in the town, so hopefully we can get them involved with other events here like the Christmas market.”

New pub may prove vital boost in town

• The Edge bar closed down in 2011 and was empty until JD Wetherspoon took on the task of turning it into the newest of its 880 pubs in the UK.

• JD Wetherspoon will spend £1.4m on the two-storey building and renovate its interior before opening on December 17.

• Readers voted on a choice of five names for the bar, including The Poulton Elk, The Wheatsheaf Inn, The Hundred of Amounderness, The Old Elk and The Tessie O’Shea.

• The regeneration of the pub has been backed to be a success in Poulton and act as a catalyst for other projects.

• Although plans are yet to be confirmed, Home Bargains is set to move into the empty Market Hall building this autumn after traders did not have their leases renewed by owners Dransfield Properties Ltd.

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