South Leeds: Time to raise a glass as new pub opens its doors

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DRINKERS in Morley are toasting the opening of a new pub in the town centre.

Part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, The Picture House stands on Queen Street in a site formerly occupied by Arthritis Research UK and Blockbuster stores.

Its opening was attended by Morley’s Mayor Wyn Kidger, who said: “It is absolutely buzzing, everyone was very pleased. The decor is great, as well as the food and drink – staff had to put more tables out for the opening. It is just what Morley needs.”

The pub will specialise in real ale and has created 50 jobs.

Bosses at JD Wetherspoon had originally intended to name the latest addition to their chain in tribute to legendary comedian Ernie Wise.

The idea of calling it The Ernest Wiseman – Ernie’s real name – was dropped after it was given a polite thumbs-down by the late entertainer’s family.

Ernie grew up on Station Terrace in East Ardsley and made early stage appearances in Morley, where he is the subject of a statue.