HUNDREDS of people turned out to welcome the opening of Leek's brand new J D Wetherspoon pub The Green Dragon.
The pub, which opened yesterday (Tuesday, July 16), is at the top of St Edward Street, Leek, at the former site of The Swan, and is thought to be the town's oldest pub.
Wetherspoon has spent £1.48 million renovating the premises and created 40 jobs.
Over the weekend, from Friday, July 12, to Monday, July 15, some local residents and businesses were invited to get a sneak peak of the pub for Live Training of the staff.
Manager Ben Lichfield said: "The Live Training went really well; we got any problems out of the way then and a lot of people came and did it; some people have come back for the opening as well.
"The opening was busier than we thought it would be, especially with the weather and with it being a Tuesday and normally not much going on in the town.
"We didn't expect it to be so busy and have had to get extra staff in; it will be a very good thing if it's like this today (Wednesday) as well."
Ben said that so far he had received good feedback from people about what the company has done to the pub and about it opening in the town.He added:
"We've had a lot of good feedback and people congratulating us on what we've done with the place.
"Most people have said how happy they are that it's here and said that they always used to come here for weddings and christenings and other events.
"Some people have asked about whether we will hold functions and there is always leeway for that, obviously we couldn't hire out the whole pub, but we've got plenty of space and enough areas we could section off for things.
"It's been really nice seeing it full after being here for weeks getting everything ready, there have been no problems or major issues.
"Thank you to everyone who attended the Live Training and helped train the staff, it was a great help."
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