A PUB is set to rise from the ashes after it was devastated by fire in the summer.
The hugely-popular Gribble Inn, in Oving, left residents and pub-goers distraught after the blaze last July, which saw more than 100 firefighters from all over the county called to fight the flames
Now, after lengthy insurance negotiations, new thatch is being laid and it is hoped to be back up and running in March.
“It’s good – it makes you want to re-open,” said owner Nikki Tester.
“There was a time where we had a blink moment, where we thought we might not.
“The whole situation was a little bit depressing, but you think of everybody supporting us and the staff that stayed on and we knew that people do want us here.”
Working in blistering heat, firefighters created a firebreak that saved half of the pub from the flames.
After so long dwelling on last summer’s horror, thoughts are now looking ahead to happier times.
“It’s exciting now it’s got to the point where we’re trying to choose colour schemes and furniture, it’s the fun bit,” said Nikki.
“The thing is, we need to be positive,” she said. “I just want to move on and make it bigger and better than ever before.”
One of the staff staying on is Vanessa Wilson-Watson, who said the pub was like a family.
“When the fire happened, we couldn’t leave – no way,” she said.
The pub has a separate brewery that was undamaged.
This has been open some Friday nights and weekend lunchtimes so the Oving community has been able to get together occasionally.
The pub is now looking for new waiters ahead of its reopening, with people invited to email email@example.com