GLASSES have been raised at the birthplace of LASAR Radio this week.
The online community radio station was conceived over a pint at the Black Lion pub, in Cheddleton, by station founder John Barratt and friends just over two years ago.
On Thursday evening regulars were toasting the good health of the village hostelry, which has undergone a £50,000 extension to meet the demands of its growing clientele.
The improvents to the pub, which is jointly owned by soccer star Ryan Shotton and his future father-in-law Dave Goodwin, were officially opened before a packed audience.
Ryan lived in Cheddleton with Dave’s daughter, Kathleen, before a £3million move took him from Birmingham City to EFL Championship club Middlesborough in August 2017.
The 30-year-old Potteries-born defender, who began his football career at Stoke City, before moving onto Derby County and Birmingham, is set to get married in the near future.
Ryan said of his pub investment: “It was something different but it really interested me. It had already been refurbished so we didn’t need to spend much money on it. With it being freehold its also means we are not tied to anyone.”
The pub has been extended into former stables which involved four months of work.
“We needed more space as it gets so busy on Thursdays to Sundays. It’s a nice problem to have though,” said Dave.
LASAR Radio has its studios at Bank House, St Edward Street, Leek.