Light fitting at iconic pub almost falls onto busy pavement

Passers-by spotted the light hanging perilously over the pavement
Passers-by spotted the light hanging perilously over the pavement -Credit:LancsLive

A heavy light fitting almost fell onto a busy town centre pavement. The traditional lead lights adorning the exterior of the iconic Adelphi pub in Blackburn were seen hanging over the pavement in Railway Road earlier this week.

The pub, which closed in September 2022, is due to be converted into a restaurant and flats. Younus Khan, of ZT properties, has been granted planning permission to convert the vacant former pub into a ground floor restaurant, with six apartments on the two floors above.


The pub is within Blackburn's Cathedral Quarter which already boasts a number of restaurants and bars including Turtle Bay, Checks & Greys Café and The Firepit Restaurant. The area is busy with shoppers passing between the Mall and the railway station.

One shopper said this week: "I got a shock when I saw the light hanging over the pavement. That must have been a close shave for someone. It's a shame the Adelphi shut because it was always such a busy pub. Their karaoke nights were legendary.

"Sadly though it's the way pubs are going these days. There's hardly any now. But it's great to see something is being done with it rather than it being left to go to rack and ruin."

A spokesperson for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said that building control officers had visited the site after the hazard was reported. The lights have since been removed and made safe.