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Thursday, April 16, 2009
What's the story, morning glory? A Burnage pub is being turned into a trendy tribute bar dedicated to local wild rock and roll band Oasis.
The Farmers Arms, closed since earlier this year, has been snapped up by a neighbouring Irish dynasty which will feature a lounge dedicated to bad boys Liam and Noel Gallagher – in the hope they may visit for a nice peaceful Sunday lunch.
Its new owners, the well-established Levenshulme Pub Company that already has a strong community anchor in Levenshulme, has promised a whole range of family entertainment, live screening of premier football matches and horse-racing – and exciting job opportunities.
LPC boss Lawrence Hennigan, 51, is already urging local talent with get up-and-go to contact him with ideas of how to run the pub and even put themselves forward to work there.
Lawrence, who began his family business with wife Kath 25 years ago, pledged he would be committed to providing a "good old fashioned" pub similar to those he currently owns and runs in Levenshulme, plus work opportunities at a time of high unemployment.
"During this economic downturn when a pub is being closed each day we are determined to buck the recession and are expanding into Burnage," he said.
"We are looking to repeat the successful blueprint of our community pubs in Levenshulme which are at the hub of the community in the area."
He added: "We were one of the first pub companies in Manchester to introduce the live screening of premiership matches through Sky and have always been at the forefront of promoting contemporary and traditional Irish culture in the city."
And in a bid to attract an exciting new team, he said: "We are seeking a young and ambitious management team with lots of energy and enthusiasm to drive the community pub forward.
"Good old fashioned community pubs still have an important part to play in society and we hope to keep that going in Burnage.
"It is important that companies do their bit in the recession in providing local employment for local people and that the local community then do their bit in supporting local businesses."
Lawrence said the Farmers Arms – a brick built pub with its own eighteenth century stables located on cobbles next to the listed St Margaret’s Church and close to St Bernard’s RC Church which is twinned with St Mary’s Parish Church in Levenshulme – would be turned into a family orientated establishment.
"The area has a massive Irish community second only to Levenshulme. The pub is in a lovely spot and close to two churches so we already know a lot of our potential customers.
"We want to turn it into a real community pub with pub sports such as darts and the live screening of horse-racing and football, just like our other bars in Levenshulme.
"Part of it will be devoted to the Irish community along with a special lounge dedicated to the local super group Oasis."
Entrepreneur Lawrence is already planning a massive Irish music weekend and Oasisfest to launch the venue which will be raising money for local charities.
Anyone interested in managing the pub or working there or with an idea or two should email Lawrence at email@example.com or ring him on 07771782104.
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