Work is under way to create a beer garden in a newly refurbished community pub.

Heather Caygill, 53, who lives in Westhoughton, is transforming the outside of The Grey Man Pub in time for summer.

She has previously worked at the Bird I’th Hand, and the Red Lion pub, where she transformed them both.

She took over The Grey Man in Westhoughton in the summer of last year as a new challenge.

Heather says that the focus has been to make the outside presentable since the inside has been refurbished.

She said: “We are currently finishing the outside to turn it into a beer garden.

“Since the inside has been done, we wanted to do the outside to make sure it’s nice and ready for people to come in.”

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The beer garden is slowly getting there, with some seating already being installed including outdoor speakers.

Once complete there will also be a projector area for when punters come to watch the football.

Heather added: “It’s working progress at the moment and it will be ready by the summer time.

“We are trying to get this pub up and running to how it used to be for the community.

“My son Sean is sorting the music out to ensure it is at the right decibels for neighbours.”

Heather says that the roofing is currently being sorted and the shelter, and once it is up and running she says they will be putting on lots of BBQ’s.

There will also be some games put together for the children to play with too, providing they are supervised by parents.

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Heather said: “We are trying to keep it calm and tidy where people feel warm and welcome, including dog owners where dogs can have a dog bowl.

“We are getting a lot of new faces and people who haven’t been in the pub for years.

“Since we had the refurbishment, it looks a lot better.”

She also said that she has had a lot of help along the way including from regular customers who have said they “don’t want to lose the pub”.

Heather is also keen for people to help the pub continue to raise funds for a much-needed defibrillator, with only a few in the area.

They have already raised £275 so far and the typical cost is £2k.

If anyone would like to donate, they can do so by either going to the pub or sending a message to the pub on their Facebook page.

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