Help mark successful first year for Swan

An Alnwick pub is marking its first birthday since reopening its doors and reverting back to its original name – and it is having a party to celebrate the milestone.

The Black Swan, on Narrowgate, is holding the festivities tomorrow from 6pm.

Everyone is invited to the bash, which includes a free buffet and music from the venue’s resident DJ.

The party will help mark what has been a successful 12 months for the venue after school friends Amar Roopra and Michael Ashurst took over.

The pub had closed in February 2012.

Known at the time as The Hairy Lemon, its then-owners, Lahdar Leisure, decided to stop trading and called time on the business.

But Amar and Michael decided to take over the reins, reopening last spring, and returning it to its former name, The Black Swan, in the process.

In 2001, there was much controversy after the pub’s original title was changed to The Hairy Lemon.

Reflecting on the last 12 months, Amar said: “It has been a great first year and The Black Swan would like to thank everyone for their help, support and custom as well as the staff who have helped the business be the success that it is.”