A community-run freehouse has opened a new restaurant with a team of young staff who had previously been out of work.

The Dog Inn, in Belthorn, Lancashire, was taken over by the community two years ago with support from industry charity Pub is the Hub.

Since then they have opened a community room upstairs, a café and shop and are now working on community gardens.

To staff the new restaurant they received support from Glen Duckett, licensee of pub The Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom. He has helped more than 100 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds find work in the hospitality sector with his social enterprise EAT Pennines.

Five people aged 20-24 – including Jordan Burton (pictured above) - were recruited, trained and are now working at the pub as apprentices.

EAT Pennines' Gillian Martin said: "I'm really proud of this group of young people. They haven't had the best start in life but they have been keen to learn and develop their skills and the team at the Dog Inn have given them a challenging and rewarding opportunity."

Kathryn Sharpe, from the Dog Inn Community group, added: "We are thrilled to be beginning another new chapter for the Dog Inn with the opening of the restaurant this weekend – a result of lots of tireless work by the volunteers.

"This is a great project and it is a privilege to work alongside the team at EAT Pennines. We hope that this provides an exciting fresh start for our young team."