Social club set for reopening

Sharon and Philip Gallagher and John McCann in The Goose Green
Sharon and Philip Gallagher and John McCann in The Goose Green

A WELL-known Wigan club and music venue will be put back on the borough’s entertainment map when it reopens as a community pub this weekend.

Goose Green Sports and Social Club, formerly Goose Green Labour Club, was one of the town’s most famous cabaret venues but finally closed its doors last year.

However, Hawkley Hall-based pub company The Tree and Crown was determined the venue had not taken its last orders and has spent around 15 weeks completely renovating part of the Little Lane building.

The newly-refurbished watering hole will be opened with an invitation-only event on Saturday before the public gets its first look at The Goose Green on Sunday.

Phil Gallagher, one of the company’s six directors, said: “It used to be a very busy place and a great venue, and it was a real shame to see it closed so we thought we should take it on.

“Pubs should be the heart of the community and produce what customers want.”

Phil says The Goose Green will be a traditional community pub with modern facilities, with live entertainment every Saturday night giving a modern twist to its cabaret history, a games room and live sport on the TVs.

The Tree and Crown, named after Wigan Athletic’s club crest, already owns The Hawk in Hawkley Hall and cocktail and wine bar Cafe Vogue on Wallgate.