Publicans at Hawthorn Leisure’s Bridge Inn pick up community award from Adlington Town Council after providing food and shelter for local residents following a large factory fire which happened in February.

Jon Howard and Dianne Dickenson looked after 30 people at the Bridge Inn, owned by award-winning Hawthorn Leisure, due to them having to flee their houses because of large pieces of debris landing in their gardens.

Jon said: “It was a terrible accident that happened, but we are just very grateful no one was killed or hurt in the fire.”

“Dianne and I are obviously delighted to have been given this award but I’m sure any other local pub would have done the same. It was great to see the whole community pull together and help everyone out.

“Adlington St Paul’s Church were also massively supportive as they provided bacon and sausage sandwiches for everyone.”

The Bridge Inn, Park Road, has also undergone a £130,000 refurbishment which includes full interior and exterior such as new seating, paintwork, bar area, plus new signage and lighting.

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “It’s fantastic to see that Jon and Dianne have been recognised for their generosity and empathy shown towards the 30 residents.

“It’s also amazing to hear how the local community worked together to make the best of a bad situation. It just goes to show how strong the community is in Adlington.

“On behalf of everyone at Hawthorn Leisure we’d like to congratulate everyone involved at the Bridge Inn for picking up this award and we wish them all the best for the future.”

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