Sky high project aims to put Brighouse on the map

Miller's Bar opening, Brighouse
Miller's Bar opening, Brighouse

The opening of a pub has marked the beginning of a sky high renovation project, set to trigger a climbing revolution and put Brighouse on the map.

Crowds queued out of The Miller’s Bar door at the weekend as it opened its doors for the first time since it underwent a £50,000 transformation.

Louise Mortimer, Rokt business development manager, said: “The whole event went really well. The pub has a really nice family feel to it especially with the outdoor area.”

The bar, formerly the Black Swan pub, serves food and drink, has a beer garden, a kid safe play jungle, a duck feeding area and waterside seating.

Live music from Echo Town entertained visitors throughout the night.

Phil Blackwell, landlord of Miller’s Bar, used to run the Puzzle Hall in Sowerby Bridge.

“The whole day and night went really well. There was a great atmosphere and it is brilliant for the town,” he said.

The pub overlooks the Sugden Silo’s that tower above Brighouse and are set to become part of the Rokt Climbing Gym, based on Mill Royd Street. Diners can watch on from next year as thrill seekers are set to brave the 100ft climb.

The first stage, which is hoped to be complete in the new year, will see an outside climbing wall on the hexagonal silos with people being able to get a glimpse of Brighouse from the clouds.

Inside the hexagonal silo designers are aiming to create a 30.5 metre lead wall which would mean that the towering wall would be the biggest in Britain.

“This was the first step in the renovation of the silos. When the silos are transformed and opened, it will mean that the community have a lot more adventurous things to do and it is something different for Brighouse,” added Louise.

There are further plans to build a rope bridge 30 metres between the two silos at the top and a glass-sided bridge for people to venture across.