Market Rasen residents got a look inside the former Goldmine pub for the first time in years as its new owners held an open day on Saturday.
Visitors to the Grade II listed building saw just how dilapidated it has become, with damp and mould throughout the property as well as damage to a number of the ceilings and walls.
But Saturday was a day to discuss the building’s future, not the past. Former patrons of the Goldmine, and before that the King’s Head, were invited in to write memories of their times in the pub on its walls.
Residents were also asked to write down what they would like to see the building become. Ideas ranged from a cinema to a youth centre.
The most popular idea for bringing the former pub back into use was a community building combining the town’s heritage, tourist information, internet access and meeting space.
New co-owner Sara Scott said: “Unfortunately today the building is in a very poor state.
“Myself and one of my colleagues at MR BIG have bought the property with a view of bringing it back into use and we hope this will benefit the town.
“We’re hoping with people’s ideas on what they want to see we will be able to formulate a plan which will see the whole pub brought back to life.”
The building will require significant investment above the £100,000 it was recently sold for at auction and will need special planning permission due to its Listed building status.
Sara added: “Our first thought was perhaps our town could do with a visitor information centre and heritage centre, certainly our town has lots of amazing stories to tell and those stories unfortunately today have no real home or place for people to access them.
“We’re also looking at some of the space outside the building, it might be nice if we could put some new development out there to really bring the old and the new together, but dependent on what people tell us will help us make our minds up about the direction of the project.”