POPULAR pub is set to reopen its doors at the start of next month after being wrecked by floods.

The Beehive Inn, on the Beehive Roundabout in Horwich, had been closed due to lockdown restrictions at the start of this year, and could only serve customers outside after mid-April, but was due to open its indoors again on Monday, May 17.

Torrential rain struck the night before this, May 16, and caused severe flash flooding, closing many roads, and causing significant damage to homes and schools in the area.

The Beehive Inn was also battered by these floods leading to extensive damage and many repairs needing to be carried out before the pub could reopen again.

The Bolton News: The Beehive Inn, Horwich (Image: Google Maps)The Beehive Inn, Horwich (Image: Google Maps)

This has resulted in nearly six months of closure. But a reopening date of November 1 has been announced for the popular pub which promises a 'new look' after all this time closed. The connected Wacky Warehouse children's play centre will also be reopening on this date.

A spokesman for Greene King, which runs the pub, said: "It’s an exciting time for the Bee Hive."

The pub is looking for residents to nominate a 'local hero' via its Facebook page to reopen the pub's doors on November 1.

They posted: "We are looking for a local hero that has done something outstanding for the community to open our doors and welcome you all back."

Nominations can be made on 'The Beehive, Greene King Pub & Carvery' Facebook page.

Much of Horwich was left underwater on on this May weekend with council officers helping Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue and other key organisations to try and limit the damage.

Schools, Chorley New Road Primary, St. Josephs Secondary School and St Mary’s RCP had to be closed and accommodation had to be found for those in the worst affected homes.

The Hope and Anchor, in Chorley New Road, Doffcocker, was another pub severely affected by the torrential rain.

The pub's landlady, Andrea Lockley, said water came into the cellar "like a river".