The new owner of a bar in Whalley says she is excited to bring positivity to the new business.

Erika Louise has taken over Jack’s of Whalley in King Whalley Street after Jack and Katie Cookson decided to sell up after seven years.

The was closed on Wednesday, December 13, and Thursday, December 14, due to delays but finally opened its doors on Friday, December 15.

In a statement shared on Facebook, Erika said: “It’s finally here! Jack and Katie have moved on to pastures new and it’s been officially handed over into my hands eek!

“I’m excited to start this new venture, to meet Jack's regular customers and to welcome new.

“It’s a great little place and I’m hoping I can bring new energy and positive friendly vibes to it with a welcoming smile.

“It will continue to be run much the same as it is the busiest time of the year, with changes and new ideas coming after the new year.

“Good luck Jack and Katie you’ve left me a gem. See you all at the bar. Cheers.”

Jack and Katie decided to give up with business in order to start a new life in the Lake District.

Jack said: “He said: “It's very scary to leave a successful business behind to start something new, not knowing for sure whether we'll make it work.

"But it's the right move for us and you don't know until you try.”

Locals responded to the announcement of Erika taking over with excitement.

One person wrote: "Brilliant news, another nice hangout for Whalley. All the best and I'm looking forward to coming in and giving some support."

Another customer added: "All the very, very best Erika. I’m sure you’ll bring a new smile and joy to the area and create even more friends and connections."

Jack’s of Whalley is open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday.