Demolition work has begun at Kearsley Social Club after plans to convert the space into 24-flats was given the go ahead by Bolton Council.

The club had been running for over 127 years an will be sorely missed according to regulars.

A video taken by Dave Mclean, who said he used to go to the social club regularly for drinks, shows construction workers beginning demolition work at the site.

He said: "Me and my mate Poncho went in for a few pints many times, Bill behind the bar was a cracking bloke with lots of rugby league knowledge.

"We will miss the place."

Plans were approved in August to knock down the social club and build 24 new "affordable" flats, with the council confirming this on it's planning website last week.

Demolition work has therefore begun on building this new three storey building consisting of 24 one and two bedroom flats.

At the time Kearsley councillor Mark Cunningham told the planning committee he remains “totally unconvinced” by the application, whereas, Cllr Paul Sanders proposed approving the application, saying its benefits outweighed the potential negative impact of what could become a derelict site given the social club’s “questionable future”.