A BANGOR pub that was ravaged by fire will not re-open.
Glen Carrington, who ran the Three Crowns pub for 11 years, said this week that the damage to the Well Street venue was too severe to repair.
He added: “Sadly, the Three Crowns will not re open, we have looked at all possible options without success - the damage is just too bad.
“I’ve spoken to Admiral Taverns, who own the pub, and I know they share my feelings; we are really disappointed that such a popular pub has been forced to close.”
Fire ripped through the popular LGBT venue on March 30. Jason Robertshaw, a part-time staff member who also lived at the pub, is slowly recovering after he seriously injured when he lept from a second floor window to escape the blaze.
Fundraising efforts were launched to help the staff members who lost their jobs and home in the fire.
Glen said the fire had a “tremendous” impact on his staff, who he praised for the their loyalty and hard work.
He added: “This is a very dark period for me as I’ve had 11 wonderful years running the Three Crowns, have met a lot of good people, customers who have become more like friends to me.”
However, Glen added that he and Admiral Taverns were looking into opening a new which he added, if viable, would be “better than before.”
He said: “I’d like to raise a final toast to the Three Crowns for giving us ‘her’ best over the years.
“Her final hours before that terrible moment were happy ones lets remember those times and not the tragedy that devastated her for ever, her final curtain has been closed.”
Mark Parry, aged 35, of Lon y Felin in Bangor, is due in court this month to face charges of arson with intent to endanger life, and arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.