A Blackburn pub has been shortlisted in a national competition celebrating heroes of the pub-world during the coronavirus crisis.

The Clifton Arms in Grimshaw Park has made it to the final seven of the Great British Pub Awards Pub Heroes 2020.

Organised by the Morning Advertiser, a hospitality industry publication, the competition aims to shine a light on those tenants who went above and beyond during the pandemic by providing vital services to shielding regulars, or helped to keep their communities connected at a time of isolation,

Carole Davis who runs the Clifton Arms said: "This is truly an honour to be in the running for the award.

"We are the smallest pub in the final seven and if we win we hope it will bring some positivity back to Blackburn amongst all the doom and gloom of late.

"This community are always 100 percent behind me in all projects we take on and in lockdown more than ever the sun shone through helping us be there for one another as always.

"I appreciate all of our team at the Clifton, they are amazing."

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The team at the Clifton Arms were nominated after Ms Davis set out to provide the most vulnerable people in the community with food throughout lockdown, including free Easter lunches, lunchboxes for postmen and Easter eggs for teachers and children of key workers.

She also started fundraising for the NHS and carers who were working during the crisis, raising more than £400 in the first half hour of setting up the campaign, and teamed up with charity, Benefit Mankind to delivery food parcels to people in the Grimsby Park area.

A spokesperson for the awards said: "The Clifton Arms is a superb example of a licensee who has put everything into caring for her local community during the coronavirus pandemic."

To vote for the Clifton Arms, head to surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GBPA-Admiral-Taverns.