A PUB is set to be given a makeover to carry the name of Blackburn Rovers’ greatest supporter.

Star Pubs and Bars have announced plans to rename Uncle Jack’s in Lower Darwen as The Jack Walker and is looking for a new licensee.

There will be a new sign outside the pub, including a photo of the multi-millionaire steel magnate, who oversaw the club’s rise from the old First Division to Premier League champions.

The move has been welcomed by fans and councillors, who have described the name-change as a fitting tribute.

John Murray, chairman of the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust, said: “It is time for rebranding of the pub and it gives him his full name rather than just an affectionate nickname.

“People need to remember his name in the future and I would like more things like this for other heroes, such as Bryan Douglas and Ronnie Clayton, so young people know about them.”

Ewood ward councillor Maureen Bateson, who is a Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder, said: “It is nice that a pub is going to improve itself rather than closing which is what we hear a lot about nowadays. I am all for it and it keeps the name of Jack Walker in the community.

“He left a legacy for the club and I am hoping there will be a bit of history of the club there. He brought success to the club which some just dreamed of by bringing home the Premier League title. It is something Rovers fans will be proud of and it is nice.

“Having the full name will be a talking point for fans.”

A spokesperson for Star Pubs and Bars said: “It has been our intention to upgrade Uncle Jacks to broaden its appeal for some time, as it is in need of investment.

“The plan is to turn it into a great-value, sports-led community family pub serving food. We’re looking for a licensee to take on the pub at which stage we’ll commence the refurbishment.

“The proposed new name is designed to reflect the pub’s new direction. However, we feel it is important to make reference to the pub’s historical association with Blackburn Rovers. We believe the name The Jack Walker does this.”

There is already a statue in Mr Walker’s honour outside Ewood Park, and the largest stand at the ground carries his name.

Anyone interested in taking on the pub should contact Star Pubs and Bars on 08085 949596 or visit www.starpubs.co.uk.