Navigation pub comes back from the brink

A Calder Grove pub which was devastated by the December floods is set to reopen on Thursday.

Friday, 22nd July 2016, 11:57 am
Updated Friday, 22nd July 2016, 12:59 pm
FLASHBACK: The Navigations landladies Sam Hall and Sharon Thompson survey the flooding damage back in January.

The Navigation Inn, which was flooded twice within the space of a fortnight in 2015, has been restored to its former glory.

The Broad Cut Road alehouse, which is based near the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble Canal, had to close after it was hit by Storm Desmond on December 11. Then Storm Eva brought more misery on Boxing Day.

Pub landlady Sam Hall told the Express back in January: “The pub was absolutely marooned back and front. It was like being on an island.”

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Now after seven months of painstaking restoration work by staff and pub operator Punch, pints will be pulled there once more.

Miss Hall added: “The journey we have been on has been anything but plain sailing. We were totally devastated at the damage caused by the floods and at the time it was hard to see a positive future for the pub. Seven months on though, and with a lot of hard work from the team at Punch and here at the pub itself, it is looking better than ever.

“We had so much local support when the floods hit and everyone has been very patient while works have been undertaken to ensure the pub looks its very best before we re-open. I would like to thank them whole-heartedly for all they have done.”

July 28 will be a night of celebration. There will be a champagne reception, sample dishes from the new menu and songs from Adele tribute singer, Lareena Mitchell, of The Voice.