Work sparks hopes of Tunstall pub re-opening
AN HISTORIC town centre pub which has stood derelict for almost a decade is set to be re-opened.
The Globe Inn, in Tunstall, was bought this year and could soon be given a new lease of life.
The pub, which has been empty for about seven years, is undergoing a major revamp in preparation for its long-awaited re-opening.
Details of the pub's new owners, or an opening night, have not yet been revealed.
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But it is thought the original bar will be replaced and the High Street building will become more 'open-plan' in a bid to attract more punters.
Pub-goers today welcomed plans to see the iconic building, on the corner of Ladywell Street, brought back into use.
Historian Mervyn Edwards, of the Potteries Pub Preservation Group, said: "Security lights were installed not so long ago in an effort to safeguard the building and I know that some work has taken place inside, which looks very promising.
"I am keeping my fingers crossed because the re-opening of The Globe will be terrific for Tunstall.
"If it is taken on by private landlords I hope it can be made into a real ale establishment because there aren't many places in Tunstall which offer that any more.
"A lot of people tend to go to The Furlong, which is a bit out of town, and the only other alternative is The Sneyd Arms, so I would definitely welcome it if someone wanted to make a go of The Globe."
Tunstall's Chamber of Trade group has vowed to support the new venture.
Chairman Bill McDonald said: "Tunstall is a super market town and things like The Globe re-opening will do the world of good for the town.
"The Sneyd Arms is a very popular place for a lot of people who treat it as a social meeting place. So anything which helps bring people back in to the town will be brilliant.
"We want to see Tunstall go back to how it used to be."
Carol Johnson, secretary of Greenfields Tunstall Residents' Association, added: "It has been shut for about seven or eight years. It hasn't been open for a long time and it is a bit of an eyesore.
"If someone could try and make a go of it that would be great, depending on what kind of a pub it is.
"But how the economy is at the moment, everybody is struggling, so the new owners might find it a little bit difficult."