Unveiling of new pub just days away

Norma Galley DH Lawrence painting
Norma Galley DH Lawrence painting

The countdown is on until the opening of a new Wetherspoon pub in Eastwood that was named by Advertiser readers.

The Lady Chatterley, a £1 million JD Wetherspoon venue, will open on Tuesday June 24 and will provide 40 new jobs for the area.

Based at the old G&M Motors car dealership, one of the pub’s eyecatching features will be a painting of DH Lawrence — the Eastwood author who wrote Lady Chatterley’s Lover — by Norma Galley, an artist who was born in Eastwood.

The pub was given the go- ahead in June last year and was named after the DH Lawrence novel by Advertiser readers earlier this year.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for Wetherspoon, said: “We are looking forward to opening our pub in Eastwood.

“We believe it will be a good addition to the area and will appeal to people of all ages.

“Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in the region and is always keen to open its pubs in new areas. Eastwood is a perfect example of this.”

The new pub will offer a wide range of drinks, and will specialise in cask-conditioned beers, plus an extensive food menu served throughout the day.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Mr Gershon said that the pub will be family friendly and offer a music-free environment.

He added: “The fact that the company is investing heavily in the pub highlights our commitment to providing a first-class pub for people in the town. We also hope that the new pub will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Eastwood.”

Norma Galley, of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, has been commissioned by Wetherspoon to produce 21 paintings that mainly feature in pubs in the likes of Wakefield and Hull.

But she is thrilled to to have been asked to paint a piece for the town of her birth.

She added: “It’s fabulous, I’m thrilled to bits with it. It’s not very well known that Lawrence was a good painter as well as an author.”

Norma’s parents were Ernest and Ivy Mann. Her dad was one of 13 children from a well known family in Heanor and she was brought up in Hucknall.