A PUB has become the first business to be accredited Friendly Aware Bury (FAB) status.

The town centre Two Tubs pub is the first of several local employers who support making Bury fully accessible for people with autism and other hidden disabilities, such as ADHD, Crohn’s, dementia and epilepsy.

The scheme, created to assist vulnerable people, was designed by Jane Lord, chief officer at Bury charity Buddy’s for Children with Autism.

She said: “It was heart-warming to see so many people from all walks of life coming together at the Two Tubs for the launch of the FAB scheme.

“Together we will work to ensure that every person who comes to Bury has a fabulous experience and make sure that Bury is known as a great place for everyone to live, shop, work and enjoy.”

The FAB charity was set up in 2014 by Ms Lord. She said: “I met Jacqui Gallagher, landlady at the Two Tubs, and she has been star in helping me to set up FAB. She has had our young adults working at the Two Tubs, in the kitchen, garden, glass collecting and at events. They have also redesigned the beer garden. She goes a long way to make them feel special and is very accepting of their different abilities. Jacqui is a credit to the town.”

The FAB launch was attended by Bury Council leader Cllr Rishi Shori and the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Dorothy Gunther; who cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished Two Tubs’ beer garden. “It was a privilege to award the first accreditation of the Friendly Aware Bury scheme to the Two Tubs,” said Councillor Shori.