ONE of East Lancashire's six Wetherspoon pubs has been placed on the market.

Property officials for the popular chain, run by Brexit champion Tim Martin, have put The Brun Lea, in Manchester Road, Burnley, up for sale.

Fifteen other locations nationwide, including the Friar Penketh at Warrington and the Time Piece, in Dewsbury, form part of the same exercise, according to the Morning Advertiser.

Bosses have pledged that if any Wetherspoons staff do not transfer to a purchaser then the company would like to redeploy them.

The Brun Lea, which opened in a former office block in 2002, started life as one of their Lloyds branded bars.

It is one of two in Burnley, with The Boot Inn, unaffected by the potential sale, recently hosting a Brexit tour by Mr Martin.

Eddie Gershon, JD Wetherspoon (JDW) spokesman, said: "We totally understand that our loyal customers and staff will be disappointed with this decision.

"However JDW does, on occasion, put some of our pubs up for sale. It is a commercial decision, taken by the company after long consideration."

Other pubs are up for sale in the Scottish Borders, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Mr Gerson added: "The pubs will continue to trade as normal until a buyer is found.

"We have told our staff that if the pub is sold and they do not transfer to the purchaser, then we would like to redeploy our employees at other JDW pubs in the region."

The remaining Wetherspoons in East Lancashire are also not thought to be affected by the decision.

The Postal Order in Blackburn, The Old Chapel in Darwen, The Commercial in Accrington and The Wallace Hartley at Colne are their other local sites.