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Lion's pride in community events
Article date: 24 Jul 2013

Customers at The Leyland Lion are enjoying community days out and group trips abroad, from Barnsley to Benidorm.

Mark and Carolyne Batty, who have managed the Leyland pub since it opened 18 months ago, have organised days out to various destinations – and it is proving to be a huge hit with regulars.

The Leyland Lion opened in October 2011, on the site of the former convenience store, originally the post office – and the venue continues to be at the heart of the local community.

Mark (pictured front) said: “The excursions are like the old-fashioned ‘club trips’ and they really bring people together.

“People who didn’t previously know one another have become friends, and there is a bigger community feel about the atmosphere in the pub. It is fantastic.”

Customers of all ages have enjoyed trips together to the Acorn Brewery in Barnsley and Moorhouse’s Brewery in Burnley. There was a day out to York, for shopping and to see the sights, as well as an ‘ale trail’ for those who wanted it.

A three-day trip to Prague, including travel and accommodation, attracted a group of 15 regulars, who visited the city, as well as local microbreweries for beer-sampling.

A 53-strong group from Leyland joined up with a coach-load of 53 from The Grey Friar, in Preston, for a day out together in Chester. The £15 ticket price included breakfast and a drink at the pub, before departure.

Plans are also afoot for a trip to The Lakes, taking in Hawkshead Brewery, in July, as well as Benidorm in October.

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