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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Move to restore Seaton pub to former glory

An important part of Seaton’s village life could be resurrected.

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OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS: Property developer Wayne McCarron and his wife Hilary have bought The Coachman in Seaton and will decide whether to restore it as a pub or demolish it for houses

Wayne McCarron, 46, of Lodge Close, Great Clifton, bought The Coachman Inn, High Seaton, last month. The building has stood empty for more than two years.

Mr McCarron’s plan was to knock down the building and develop a £300,000 housing scheme.

But after being approached by villagers he is considering revamping the pub and leasing it.

Mr McCarron, who owns Chilam Ltd in Workington, said: “Me and my wife Hilary have had a lot of people approach us to say they would like it as a pub. We need to know what the rest of the community thinks before we make any firm decision.

“If the community will use the pub, and if I got the right person committed to run it, then I would consider turning it back into its former glory.”

In 2004 Mr McCarron turned the former Nags Head pub in Derwent Street, Workington, into the Learning Land nursery, which is run by Hilary.

He also transformed the Lamb Inn on the town’s Derwent Street into three houses.

He is now developing a four-bedroom bungalow at Keys Brow, High Harrington.

The Coachman Inn was previously called the Weary Traveller and was opened in 1828 by Andrew Harkness. By 1940 the licensee was Thomas Lamb who owned a coal drift mine behind the pub. Its name was changed to The Coachman Inn in 1964.

In 2005 Sue Bell took over as licensee. The last licensees were chef Eric Dodd and his wife Tracey in 2009.

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