RESTORATION work on a famous former Blackburn pub is progressing "very well", according to regeneration bosses.

The King's Head building on King Street, built in 1765, is to be converted to offices.

Number three Freckleton Street, the building next door, will become apartments as part of the same project.

The grade two-listed King's Head was ravaged by fire in 2003, and heritage bosses say it is vital it gets restored.

A spokesman for the Heritage Trust for the North West said: "Work is progressing very well on both buildings, and we are on target to complete by June 30.

"The new roof is on three Freckleton Street and the building is drying out.

"We have made most of the new windows and they are waiting to be fitted."