LANDLORDS at a pub in Adlington have been given a community award for coming to the aid of residents after their houses were evacuated because of a fire in February.

Jon Howard and Dianne Dickinson, who run the Bridge Inn, were presented with the Adlington Citizens Award as recognition for their work in providing overnight accommodation and food for homeowners as several large pieces of debris landed in their gardens at the Fairport Factory fire on Market Street.

Jon said: “It was a terrible accident, and we’re grateful no-one was killed or hurt in the fire.

“Dianne and I are obviously delighted to have been given this award but I’m sure any other local pub would have done the same.

“It was great to see the whole community pull together and help everyone out. St Paul’s Church were also massively supportive as they provided bacon and sausage sandwiches for everyone.”

The award was given by Adlington Town Council.

The Bridge Inn, on Park Road, has also recently undergone a full £136,000 refurbishment, including new seating, paintwork and bar area, plus new signage and lighting.

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “It’s fantastic to see that Jon and Dianne have been recognised for their generosity and empathy.

“It’s also amazing to hear how the local community worked together to make the best of a bad situation. It just goes to show how strong the community is in Adlington.”