A special guest was the first to pull a pint at newly refurbished North Shields pub, The Gunner recently.

The pub on Trevor Terrace, which is owned by Greene King, invited its longest serving regular, John Hall, age 84 from Belford Terrace, to the opening, following an extensive transformation that has led to the creation of 10 new jobs.

As part of the investment, the pub has received a complete makeover, introducing a lighter colour scheme, extra seating in the beer garden and 4K TVs throughout, including two massive 85-inch screens.

The pub has also unveiled a mouth-watering new autumnal menu that features dishes such as chickpea, spinach and sweet potato curry, the big daddy burger with barbeque pulled pork and streaky bacon, as well as a traditional apple crumble, 20p from which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

In addition, The Gunner has maintained its healthy selection of cask ales and wines.

General Manager, Will Godfrey, said: “We were honoured to have John join us for the opening of the pub. He is a well-loved local at The Gunner and we are thrilled that he was able to attend the launch and offer his support. As one of our longest standing regulars it was very important to get his seal of approval on the new look and feel of the pub.

“The opening was a real success with great feedback on the delicious new menu and the fantastic interiors. My team and I look forward to welcoming more guests in the coming weeks.”

The Gunner, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, Tyne and Wear

0191 257 4682