An Elland pub is undergoing a £290,000 facelift which will also create six new jobs.

Pub company Punch is transforming community pub The Wellington at Southgate – altering the interior to create a single open plan space and replacing everything from wall coverings and furniture to fixtures and fittings. Toilet facilities will also get a makeover while outside, the grade II listed building will get new signs and lights and a new smoking shelter and outdoor drinking area will be created.

Publican David Wheater, who will run the pub when it reopens on Wednesday, 15 June, said: “The refurbishment has been in the pipeline for a few months now and it’s great to see work getting under way.

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“The design team at Punch has put together an exciting scheme that I’m sure our customers will be pleased with – it’s certainly going to look different and be a huge improvement.”

He said: “The Wellington will still be an all round, great community pub offering a warm and friendly welcome to all the family. We will have some brilliant promotions running throughout the week and continuing with our karaoke and disco nights on Friday and Saturday. Our pool table and games machines are also being retained.”

Aimee Moss, new business development manager for Punch, said: “The Wellington is in a great location and is popular with shoppers and passers-by who pop in for coffee. David has a wealth of experience in the industry and I’m confident that, along with his team, The Wellington will go from strength to strength.”