Shock closure of town pub

Landlady Denise Hogan at the Swan with Two Necks
Landlady Denise Hogan at the Swan with Two Necks

A popular town centre pub has closed suddenly.

The Swan with Two Necks served its last customers at the weekend.

Licensee Denise Hogan had run the award-winning Swan with her husband Nick for the last eight years.

It’s the latest chapter in the recent history of the iconic Hollinshead Street pub.

The Swan closed briefly in 2010 - the smoking ban and cheap supermarket booze blamed for its demise.

Mr Hogan became the first person to be jailed in connection with the smoking ban. He was sentenced to six months for refusing to pay a fine imposed for flouting the legislation.

A judge fined him £3,000 and ordered him to pay £7,236 costs.

The offences related to his time as landlord of The Swan and Barristers in Bradshawgate, Bolton,

But a campaign was launched by his supporters and his fines were paid. He was released 11 days into the sentence.

Mr Hogan said he planned to release a full public statetment tomorrow regarding the closure.

He said: “There’s nothing sinister, it’s just one of those things. We’ve just decided we’ve had enough.”

He said there were other opportunities for the couple and that they were in negotiations regarding other ventures.

“It’s onwards and upwards,” said Mr Hogan. “We are in negotiations with a few places at the moment.”

Mick Clarke, press officeer for Central Lancashire branch of CAMRA, said; “It’s a big loss for the people of Chorley. It’s been one of the finest entertainment pubs in Chorley for a number of years. It’s had its problems, but we had hoped it was over them.

“CAMRA have always appreciated what they have done for the local community. We wish them well for the future.”