Rising Sun Blacko

The Rising Sun tunes up for rock day. Left to right are licensees Nicola and Peter Loftus, bar assistant Cecilia Loftus-Allan and musicians Matt Whitley and Danny Steele


The Pendle countryside will echo to the sound of live rock music later this month as the Rising Sun at Blacko stages a charity Summer Fun day.

Licensees Peter and Nicola Loftus have organised the day to say a big thank you for the warm welcome they have received since taking over the Gisburn Road pub, near Nelson, earlier this year.

A line-up of local bands — courtesy of Brian ‘Hobgoblin’ Flockhart — will perform outside the pub on Saturday, August 19, from 1pm until 8pm. The free entry event with raffles will include a DJ, bar and food van to raise funds for the parish council and Pendleside Hospice.

Previously the couple successfully ran the Anchor, Salterforth, and Langho’s Lord Nelson. Peter said: “We have had a lovely welcome to Blacko and wanted to say thank you. We noticed that the parish council works hard to keep the village looking good, so the day will raise funds for the village and the hospice.”

Since January, Peter and Nicola have revamped the Moorhouse’s owned pub and won Cask Marque quality recognition with four of the Burnley brewer’s acclaimed ales — Pride of Pendle, Blond Witch, Premier Bitter and Stray Dog.

The former weaver’s cottage features traditional rooms and a terrace with panoramic views towards Pendle Hill. Peter says they aim to welcome villagers and visitors alike with an offer of home-made Lancashire dishes — including the popular ‘stew ‘n’ hard’ delicacy — and quiz and darts team nights.

Food is available in the evenings from Wednesday to Sunday and at lunchtimes from Friday to Sunday.

Moorhouse’s managing director, Lee Williams, said: “We are delighted to support Peter and Nicola in the fundraising event and their plans to put the pub at the heart of village life while also welcoming the many visitors to the stunning Pendle countryside.”