A popular pub left marooned by the Boxing Day floods is to re-open – but not before March.
The Ship Inn in Steanard Lane, Mirfield, Good news on the horizon for this popular pubhas been repeatedly hit by flooding down the years.
The pub was shut in mid-December when the nearby River Calder burst its banks and water gushed inside.
Clean-up work had got underway when the Boxing Day deluge left the Ship underwater again.
There had been speculation that the pub’s owners Greene King may have called time for good but the company has vowed to fight on.
The Ship with its large beer garden and play gym is popular with families. There were 140 diners booked in for Christmas Day but festive plans were thrown into chaos at the last minute when the first floodwaters struck.
Work crews have started the salvage and clean-up operation for a second time and a spokesman for Greene King said: “The Ship Inn has, unfortunately, twice been hit by recent flooding and we are now in the process of drying out the building to assess the full extent of the damage.
“It is firmly our intention for the pub to re-open as soon as possible and we are working hard to make that happen.
“Assuming there are no further weather issues, we are optimistic of trading again in the late Spring.
“We are very sorry for anyone affected by the Ship’s closure and hope to welcome back customers as soon as we can.”
The pub was flooded three times in a month and was closed for several days over New Year.
It is open again and a spokesman said: “We re-opened the pub after repairing the damage caused by severe flooding in the area over the Christmas period.
“We’ve worked hard to get the pub back to normal as quick as possible and the focus is now on ensuring we get back on track by delivering great guest experiences this January.”