Good Times: Four Sons ready to open its doors

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After five months, the former Clough House on the border of Rastrick and Fixby, now re-named The Four Sons, will open this weekend.

A major £100,000 renovation has taken place, with the once sunken dining area now on one level, an internal wall removed and a complete makeover in the pub and living quarters.

Rick and Maggie Starkey, who have the Roundhill, just down the road in Rastrick, bought the ailing pub last year and, having four sons themselves, aptly renamed the once popular Clough House.

Their son Cameron and his partner Amy Stout will manage the public house that will boast six real ale pumps, plus popular lagers and cider.

The pub held a soft opening last night (Wednesday) to thank all the tradespeople that had worked on the pub.

Tonight (Thursday) the pub will have an unveiling to press and businesses that will use the venue for functions ahead of its Friday opening.

After a setback before Christmas when thieves stole dozens of newly laid slates worth thousands of pounds, the couple began to think they would never open.

Maggie said: “Getting finished is a weight off my shoulders. It’s been a very long haul, and Rick and I are delighted with all the hard work that people have put into our new venture.”

This Saturday evening at The Crown on Lightcliffe Road, they have top live entertainment from 9pm with Sean O’Sullivan.

Natalie Hayton at the Duke of York, Shelf, is holding a charity race night on Saturday evening to help raise money for Brighouse Juniors FC with local bookie Mark Wainhouse presenting the evening.

There will be prizes and raffles, winning anything from a pint to a massive £50 bar tab.

Any profits made on the night will all go to the club.

If you would like to sponsor a race, horse or jockey to help raise some more funds for our local team, please contact the pub.

Tonight at The Barge they have Acoustic Twist, followed on Friday evening by The Savages.

On Saturday, Silence will be performing and on Sunday night Pink Peg Slax will wrap up the weekend’s live music.

This Friday night at Jeremy’s, Rachel Bray and her team will welcome on stage from 9.30pm popular local band Vital Statistics, playing the best of rock, pop and power ballads.

On Saturday evening, again from 9.30pm, they have The Whatev’s, a fun band playing the best of pop and rock covers from the decades.

The Sunday afternoon acoustic set from 4pm is with Simon Walker.

The well received new-look Junction at Rastrick has taken off with its weekend entertainment following the Calderdale Flood Relief Fund gig.

This Saturday one of those bands that went down really well, Jucntion 35, will be live from 9pm playing a mix of covers and music for all tastes.

The Saturday night live music will become a feature just as the Open Mic sessions have done on Sunday afternoons from 4pm-7.30pm.

Locally artistes have been packing them in and licensee Phil is delighted he has hit the right notes for what people want.