THE new Hilton Park pub in Leigh Road will be a ‘local’s local’.
Bravo Inns, which has taken control of it, strive to make sure that their pubs have strong links in the community.
The company compare their pubs to the Rovers Return in Coronation Street, due to how they are at the heart of their local surroundings.
Operations Director Mark Dean said: “We try to establish our pubs to be a local’s local.
“Obviously, with the Hilton Park, many Leigh Centurions fans will hold a connection because of the name.
“But there are so many other features that it boasts to ensure it suits the whole of the local community.”
Amongst these are the extremely low prices on ales with bitter starting at £1.85 a pint and lager starting at just £1.98 per pint.
The pub also shows many major sports channels including Sky Sports, ESPN, Racing UK and Attheraces.
It is open seven days a week from 7am. When the company thought of renaming the pub, they spoke to the rugby club who were very supportive throughout the process.
Half of the pub has been designated to the Centurions with memorabilia and decor, whilst the other half acts as a lounge for everybody to use.
Honorary Life President of Leigh Centurions Tommy Sale, known to many as Mr Leigh Rugby League, called in at the Hilton Park pub to officially open the venue which is close to the former site of Leigh’s old ground.
Mr Sale, now 93, a winger for the club in his playing days, was sad to see the original Hilton Park demolished when Leigh moved to their new home at the Sports Village.
The ground holds special memories for Mr Sale who helped build Hilton Park as well as playing there and later as an administrator.
But the new pub acts as a fine memoir to the old ground.
Mr Dean said: “It seemed appropriate to invite Tommy Sale to the new Hilton Park to pull the first pint served at Leigh’s newest sporting icon.”