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Boost to plans to bring 500-year-old Birmingham pub back to life

Consultation will be held later this month to discover what uses the public would like to see brought to historic former Golden Lion Inn

£10,000 has been awarded to help with restoration of the Golden Lion

A new future could soon be on the cards for a run-down former pub in Cannon Hill Park.

Birmingham-based arts and architecture collective Re.Future has received a £10,000 start-up grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake an options appraisal on the Grade II-listed Golden Lion Inn.

The pub was built in Deritend in the 16th century and moved brick by brick to its current location in Edgbaston in 1911, thanks to the work of Birmingham Archaeological Society.

Re.Future will be working in partnership with the local community, the Birmingham District Allotment Confederation and the city council to find a sustainable use for its future.

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Elizabeth Jordan, director of Re.Future, said: "The Golden Lion is a beautiful building with a fantastic history and we don't want to see it lost forever.

"We know the building is in need of some serious structural work but we're all incredibly excited to be looking at its achievable uses for its future.

"First and foremost, we want to establish a 'friends of group' that will support the public engagement work and create a solid community around the building."

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Community consultations on the project will take place on August 27 and 28 during the allotment confederation's annual show.

On October 15, a Golden Lion Food Festival will be held in the park which will allow attendees to learn more about the future plans for the building.

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