Courier readers asked to name new JD Wetherspoon pub opening in Halifax

Vision: How the Broad Street Plaza will look
Vision: How the Broad Street Plaza will look

JD Wetherspoon is opening a new pub in Halifax - and they want Courier readers to name it.

The new pub will be part of the Broad Street Plaza and JD Wetherspoon says it wants the name to has links to the history or characters of the area.

The company, which also owns The Barum Top in Halifax, says it wants local people’s views on three suggestions it has put forward.

The names are The Star Inn, The John Appleyard and The Trsitram Shandy.

The Star Hotel stood on the corner of Weymouth Street and last orders were called in January 1998. The long-standing pub was popular with members of the Campaign for Real Ale and until the early 1970s was the home of the Halifax Star Boxing Club, founded 30 years earlier by Bob “the Tiger” Ennis.

The Star was originally a beerhouse. At the time of the 1851 census John Appleyard was living on this site with his wife, Ann, and their children.

Appleyard was then aged 69 and his occupation was recorded as “beer seller”. Laurence Sterne was an 18th century vicar, writer and celebrity. He was sent to school in Halifax, where he lived for about eight years, until leaving for Jesus College, Cambridge.

The first two volumes of his influential comic novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman appeared in 1759. Seven other volumes followed over the next seven years.

To give your views on what the new pub should be called, email Eddie Gershon from JD Wetherspoon at news@eddiegershon.com.

Views need to be received by the pub company no later than Monday, May 7