THE Robert Peel Wetherspoon pub in Bury has closed down, it has been confirmed.

The Market Place establishment's final day of trading as a Wetherspoon pub was yesterday, Sunday, the company has said.

The pub operator has refused to explain why it has decided to shut its doors.

But the firm said there will be no redundancies as a result of the closure.

The future for the premises is unknown.

In a statement, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “The Robert Peel has now closed.

“On occasion, Wetherspoon does close some of its pubs and this is the case here.

“We fully understand that customers and staff will be disappointed with the decision, and we thank them for their loyalty over the years.

“There will be no staff redundancies as a result of the closure with all staff offered jobs at other Wetherspoon pubs.

“Wetherspoon will continue to operate The Art Picture House pub in Haymarket Street, Bury.”

Reacting to the announcement, one customer said it was a "reliable" and "quite busy" until it closed.

He believes the premises can "still be a winner in Bury" if a new owner came in and served quality food and drink at good prices.

He is also "excited" about the possibilities of what could happen next to the venue.