Repair work starts at Doncaster pub after beer garden wall collapse

The building at the side of the Red Lion which collapsed into the pub's beer garden.
The building at the side of the Red Lion which collapsed into the pub's beer garden.

Repairs are under way at a Doncaster town centre pub after a wall collapse showered its beer garden with rubble.

The outside area at The Red Lion in Market Place was temporarily shut last week after part of a wall adjoining the premises crumbled, covering tables and chairs in the revamped pub with rubble and masonry.

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for pub owners Wetherspoons, said: "A few bricks came loose from part of the wall, to the side of the beer garden, at the back of the adjoining shops.

"The area was closed off as a precaution and repairs are taking place."

Scaffolding has been erected and workmen have been carrying out repairs to the building.

Kai Fleetwood was among several drinkers in the pub garden at the time and said: "I was sat there when it happened. So were several other people, about ten feet away from it.

"The brick work fell away, made a very loud crashing noise and that made a few people jump."

The Red Lion reopened last May after a £2.6 million redevelopment

The historic pub, the birthplace of Doncaster's St Leger horse race, was closed for five months while work took place with new furniture, carpets, fixtures and fittings introduced.

The work also included a conservatory style extension as well as the new beer garden as well as a 14-bedroom hotel on the first and second floor of the building.