A popular pub in Astley Bridge has temporarily closed its doors due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

In a statement to its customers on their social media account, a spokesperson for The Bay Mare on Blackburn Road announced the closure due to staff shortages and apologised for any inconvenience.

The statement said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances we will be closed today.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and aim to be open as soon as possible.

“We will update when we can.”

Speaking to the Bolton News, landlord Marcus Cooper says that he is hoping to reopen the pub tomorrow or at least by Wednesday, while he tries to arrange cover.

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He said: “We are hoping to be back open tomorrow, if not Wednesday, and we normally open at 12.

“We are trying to arrange cover at the moment.

“The response to the pub in the community is fantastic, and it is relatively popular, and usually nice and busy.”

Marcus prides himself on keeping the pub at the heart of the community by helping those he can.

The Bolton News: Marcus has been running the pub for four years, and has introduced a range of activities, including free pool games, a free jukebox on a Friday, a DJ on the last Saturday of the month, and charity events.

The building used to be three cottages and was built in the 1800s.

The pub is all stone and is a grade 2 listed property.

Arthur and Joyce were the longest standing landlord and landlady and were at the pub for around 40 years.

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