Welcome Back Award, Ship (Overton)

(l-r): Barry Young, Stephanie Province, Philip Province

The Lunesdale branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) yesterday (April 19) presented a “Welcome Back”award to the Ship at Overton. This is the first time we have presented this award, which is for pubs that have been closed long-term but have reopened better than before.

Presenting the award, branch chairman Barry Young said, “When the pub lay closed for such a long time, I thought that was it. But I happy to be proved wrong and Phil and Stephanie have done a fantastic job."

Proprietor Philip Province accepted the certificate and thanked the large number of customers who had come to support him.

The Ship closed in August 2014 and reopened in March 2016.

CAMRA’s Pub Heritage Group says, “The star feature here is a shuttered servery in the main bar. It has three bays and what is remarkable is that the sliding sashes are still in full working order."

The pub was kept from 1934 to 1976 by Mrs ‘Ma’ Macluskie, and the upstairs function room is named in her honour. There you can see an amazing display of birds’ eggs for which the pub was long famous. They were originally on the ground floor.