Village pub will reopen in autumn after huge blaze

Horrific scene: The aftermath at of the fire at The Dressers Arms
Horrific scene: The aftermath at of the fire at The Dressers Arms

A fire-devastated village pub is due to rise again from the flames this autumn.

And early next month it will put on a family fun weekend to announce the relaunch and help keep people up to date with its plans.

The popular Dressers Arms, at Briers Brow, Wheelton, near Chorley, is staging “Dress Fest” on the car park opposite the landmark pub and adjoining Little Hong Kong restaurant which were destroyed in a huge fire in April.

Organisers have hired a large inflatable ‘pub’ to make folk feel at home, plus there will be live music, a “Brazilian barbecue” and other entertainment.

Dressers’ owner Steve Turner and Dave Catterall, co-owner of the Little Hong Kong, were left horrified by the damage but vowed to rebuild their businesses.

Around 60 firefighters tackled the blaze. Two residents escaped unharmed and adjoining cottages were evacuated. The fire was so intense that firefighters laid out hoses for water to the Leeds-Liverpool canal half a mile away.

Dressers’ manager Dominique Holt, 35, the Dress Fest organiser, said: “Dress Fest will be on the car park over the road, with a big marquee which holds about 200 people.

“We’ve got a big inflatable which looks like a pub inside. We’ve an unofficial open date for the Dressers in November 6, which will mark seven and a half months between opening and the fire.”

She added: “Everybody who used the pub is scattered, so it will be nice to get together again. Nobody knows what’s going on. They can talk to Steve who will be there.”

Dress Fest takes place on August 1, 2 and 3.