Flood-hit pubs reopen

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Two Carlisle pubs that were devastated by floods earlier in the year have reopened after refurbishments costing more than £200,000.The Jovial Sailor...

Two Carlisle pubs that were devastated by floods earlier in the year have reopened after refurbishments costing more than £200,000.

The Jovial Sailor and the Joiners Arms were both left in ruins when storms inflicted widespread destruction and even deaths in the town on January 8.

But now after major work, both pubs have welcomed back their regulars.

The Jovial Sailor was one of the last properties to be hit by the floods. Carpets, furniture, fridges and games machines were all wrecked by the storms.

Malcolm Crozier, licensee at the Jovial Sailor, said: "It's been a very long four months, but it's great to be back in business.

"The whole place got absolutely gutted - so we've had new everything, including a whole new bar. It's cost nearly £100,000."

"But my regulars are dead pleased with the new look so it's been worth the effort."

Meanwhile at the Joiners Arms, acting manager Anne Bell, said: they were delighted to be open again.

"It's been a real struggle because everything was ruined. But our regulars are ecstatic we have reopened."

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