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Jon and Sarah Roche who are to transform the Abram Labour Club into the new Maypole Community and Sports Bar

Jon and Sarah Roche who are to transform the Abram Labour Club into the new Maypole Community and Sports Bar

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A WIGAN couple hopes to revive a flagging social club to become the heart of their community.

Sarah and Jon Roche have bought Abram Labour Club, in Warrington Road, and are excited about their new plans to bring back some community spirit.

Under the new title - Maypole Community Club and Sports Bar Ltd, named after Abram’s Maypole Colliery disaster - the couple plan to boost sales and bring in entertainers.

The modern sports bar will also include Premiership football games to be shown on a large TV screen and more snooker and pool tables. They are also hosting a Christmas party on Saturday, December 10 from 7pm and a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Sarah and Jon, who have two children, also want to hold family nights with disco fun for youngsters.

Sarah, 36, said: “At one point the club was thriving, but over the last two years it has hit rock bottom. We have always lived in Abram and we used to go in the evenings after work and really enjoyed it.

“We saw an advert that it was for sale and decided to buy it as it has always been Jon’s dream to own a pub. We want to bring it back to what it used to be when people queued to get in.”

Jon, 39, who also runs Abram Wrought Iron, said: “We are under no illusions. We know it will be a long and hard battle to get the club back up and running, but we have a lot of people behind us.

“The club has been a hub in the community and lot of people have been drinking and playing snooker there for the last 30 years.

“For Abram to lose such a big venue which is the heart of the community would be a shame. So we would like to see it back on its feet again.”

The venue also has a function room, which holds up to 250 people. Tickets for the Christmas and New Year parties are on sale at the club, in Warrington Road, priced at £4.50 for December 10 and £5 for New Year’s Eve.