How about this for an addition to a pub's back garden?

This £12,000 pirate ship play area is now permanently moored in the garden at Jackson's Boat Pub in Sale, on the banks of the River Mersey.

The ship, installed and manufactured by family firm Creative Play, further cements the links the pub has built with local football team Brooklands Dragons Junior.

For not only were players from the Under 12s among the first to step aboard the ship, the pub also gives the club free use of its adjoining playing field.



Pub manager Dionne Blackshaw said: "The pirate boat is really lovely, we are delighted with it and the new play area has really been the icing on the cake for the refurbishment. It provides a fantastic, safe place for children to play while their parents can sit outside enjoying a drink and food.

"We have also restored our nearby football pitch, bringing it back to its former glory and have agreed that the Brooklands Dragons, a terrific local, community football team, can use it."

The centre piece for the new play area is a Quartermaster pirate boat, featuring a deck slide, ship's wheel, gang plank and a net climber. The equipment is designed to encourage physical and imaginative play over multiple levels.



Brooklands Dragons coach Mick Higgins said: "The new play equipment is terrific, very impressive. The nearby football pitch has also been refurbished and we are delighted to be able to use it as a team.

"During training sessions and matches we often have players who are substituted. Previously they would just have run up and down to keep active and warm but now they'll be able to be occupied and keep fit using the play equipment."