The team and residents at Stanley Park have been celebrating the opening of their new pub, The Stanley Open Arms Inn. The pub was named after the original Stanley Inn - a popular local pub with many of the residents, until it was demolished in 1966 to make way for a motorway bypass.
With help from the local community and the internet, the team were able to build a history of the Stanley Inn. By obtaining photographs, the home has dedicated a wall within the pub to the original Stanley Arms, which is proving to be a major talking point point for residents and visitors. In 1909 there was a devastating pit disaster that affected the lives of everyone in the Stanley area and the Stanley Inn became a haven for the local community, giving shelter and assistance - keeping their doors open 24-hours a day for 11 days.
Home manager, Christine Gibson said: "This commmunity spirit is something we would like to continue in our pub and I am sure there will be many hours spent reminiscing and enjoying our new surroundings."