THE EVENING mail was there as a new couple took over a popular pub in Ulverston in 2004.

The new couple who have taken over behind the bar of a popular Ulverston pub are offering a combined Scottish and Lancastrian welcome to customers.

Mandy Boyle, 38, who hails from North of the border, and her partner Neal Southworth, from Preston, have taken over as landlords of the Old Farmhouse in Priory Road.

They have already made their mark holding a charity event last weekend.

They were able to raise £1400 for the tsunami disaster appeal.

Mr Preston, 28, said they aim to start providing meals from next month and on their new menu Scottish cuisine of the house.

Before Mandy and Neal took over the pub, it was first owned by a local couple Robert Parkinson and his wife Nicola.

Robert, a fully trained chef, and Nicola, who married earlier the year of their new ownership had been at this popular hostelry since the beginning of the month.

They had a wealth of experience in the hotel business having worked together before as managers.

But taking over as owners of a pub is a completely new venture for the couple.

They were excited to take on the popular pub and welcomed all to join them.