Pub reopens after extensive revamp creating new jobs

TEN new jobs have been created at a town centre pub following a refurbishment.

Work began on Yates’s in Robertson Street earlier this month as part of a £270,000 transformation.

Mayor Alan Roberts officially reopened the pub yesterday (Thursday) at a VIP event.

Yates’s then opened its doors to the public at 10pm with a DJ set by Michael Andre.

Today (Friday) the team at Yates’s will be welcoming Gary Lucy, who has appeared in a number of soaps over the years including Hollyoaks, Footballers’ Wives and The Bill.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Yates’s has organised activities designed to excite and entertain the whole family.

During the day children’s entertainment including face-painting and clowns will be on offer at the venue and in the evening stilt walkers and fire eaters are expected to create an electric atmosphere.

Changes to the building, which was once visited by Charles Dickens who recited a poem inside the venue, include a new state-of-the art sound and lighting system, the installation of a large video wall and improved and enhanced sports viewing.

New VIP booths are also being introduced as part of the refurbishment for large parties who want to pre-book.

Tommy Roberts, general manager at Yates’s in Hastings, said: “We are confident that the refurbishment will attract customers from further afield, contributing positively to Hastings’ local economy.

“The new look will be more reflective of other Yates’s bars across the country, which are very popular with their customers.

“We’re hoping that the investment will mean that Yates’s will appeal to a wider audience across a range of occasions.”