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One of the oldest pubs in England – the Boars Head at Standish – has a rich history.

Russ Jervis and his partner Rene Heyes  are already compiling a list of stories about the historic old pub, said to date back to the 13th century. Russ, who also has Wigan’s Cherry Gardens Hotel, said the first news they received was that the Boar’s Head had not one but two ghosts. The first is said to haunt the cellar, the second the billiards room.

Russ, who worked for 27 years as a class one driver for the GPO, said: “This is the most fascinating pub in the whole of Lancashire. “You can feel the atmosphere as you walk in. We certainly won’t be making many changes, just a lick of paint here and there and renovating the beer garden.”

Russ, who first left the post office to take over Gems on Upper Dicconson Street, said: “We know that some pubs have closed in recent months, but I’m fully confident about our future as the Boars Head and at the Cherry Gardens. Both remain very popular.”

As for the ghosts, it is said that the one in the cellar dates back to the days when prisoners transported from Chester Assizes to Lancaster for hanging were put up at the Boars Head along the way. “It really is very spooky down there,” said Russ, who added that he had been told the spectre in the billiards room was something of a top-hat wearing toff.