A LONG-CLOSED pub which has been taken over by a local woman is set for its reopening after a six-figure revamp.

The Ship, on Park Road, Worsbrough, had fallen into a state of disrepair having been closed to the public for almost five years.

However, a £370,000 refurbishment - footed by Star Pubs and Bars - will result in it reopening under the guidance of local resident Rebecca Skelly.

She has plans to host coffee mornings, community get-togethers, sports groups and mother and toddler groups in the day as well as quiz nights, bingo and live music.

She’s already recruited people for the pub’s football, darts and snooker teams to play in leagues and is keen for others to join.

Rebecca said: “For me it wasn’t a case of running any pub, it was the opportunity to run a gorgeous place on my doorstep and to restore The Ship to its heyday.

“Locals have missed having it open as it hasn’t been properly open for ten years and has been totally closed for four.

“I was brought up in Worsbrough and so know what locals want and the area needs - I am keen to encourage people to socialise locally rather than go into town by creating a really vibrant local which will bring people together whether for coffee, a pint, entertainment or sports.”