A PENDLE pub is set to feature on television this week after residents raised almost half a million pounds to save it from being turned into houses.

Neighbours in Roughlee raised the cash to save the Bay Horse Inn which was closed in September last year after the kitchen was destroyed by a fire.

After learning plans were being drawn up to turn it into houses the villagers had the pub listed as an asset of community value and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help reopen it.

Donations ranged from £1,000 to £50,000.

The pub is due to feature on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show this week as an example of a community fighting to save their local.

It is part of a wider piece on an early day motion put forward by former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP to freeze alcohol tax to help struggling rural pubs.

The team is currently refurbishing the venue and expect it to re-open in about a month.