DETERMINED villagers were finally able to raise a glass in their community pub after a two-year project to re-open the Auctioneers Arms.
Residents from Caverswall flocked to the balcony and beer garden of the affectionately named ‘Knocks’ to hear a speech from town crier of Leek, Bill Lomas, who kicked off proceedings before the bar was officially opened.
The Auctioneers Arms has been a community project for almost two years – which has included raising the money to buy the building and revamping the historic alehouse – which boasts a history dating back over 150 years.
Now, investors and volunteers have finally celebrated their hard work and dedication, working around the clock to put their stamp on the site, making it a community-owned bar, coffee shop and lounge.
The site has seen a full refurbishment, with brand new plumbing, electrics, both customer toilets given a make-over, a new kitchen, lounge area and bar.
A team of more than 100 volunteers, investors and members of the original steering group have worked on reviving the pub, bringing it back to a tight-knit community.
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