One of Merseyside's oldest pubs is being granted listed status as part of a project by Historic England to celebrate 'overlooked' buildings.
The Wheatsheaf on Mill Lane, St Helens, is among 21 inter-war pubs being listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
It was built in 1938, and the day it opened, according to local Frank Baumber, a great crowd of ale drinkers, lured by the promise of a free pint of ale, were met by campaigners who sang and preached, warning against entering the "House of the Devil".
"These inter-war pubs are more than a slice of living history, they play an intrinsic role in English culture and our local communities.
"I'm delighted that these pubs and their fascinating history have been protected for generations to enjoy for years to come."
The building is being listed as part of plans to understand and protect some of England's best pubs built between 1918 and 1939.
During that time breweries across the country rebuilt thousands of pubs, spurred on by the need to appeal beyond their usual male clientele and leave behind the image of drunkenness associated with Victorian and Edwardian pubs.
St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham is urging the critics not to write off the reigning Super League champions after a third successive defeat saw them slip to fourth place in the table.
They were overtaken by Huddersfield following the Giants' 28-22 victory at Langtree Park, and with fixtures coming up against Wigan, Leeds and Warrington, Saints urgently need an upturn in fortunes if they are to retain their crown.
However, Cunningham had called for a response from his players following their surprise home defeat by Hull and he believes he got it.
"It's a result-based industry and we need to pick some points up but I thought the response was pretty good."
"If anything, the effort across the board was too good because they tried to force things instead of being patient and trying to build pressure.
"Huddersfield are a good side and it was a typical Saints-Huddersfield game which went down to the wire. They took their chances better than we did.
"It was a hell of a lot better than the Hull game. There were some really good efforts out there. We played a little bit anxious because we've lost a few games at an important time but I'm happy with the response.
"The season is a long way from being over. We've got to make the top four and we'll have a crack at it."
St Helens full-back Paul Wellens has retired from rugby league after 17 years at home-town club St Helens.
Earlier he talked to Chris Hall about the injury that's stopped his career short, his future as a coach and some of his best memories of being a St Helens legend.
St Helens legend Paul Wellens has announced his retirement from rugby league.
The 35-year-old full-back cited an ongoing hip problem as part of his decision to hang up his boots.
Wellens made 495 appearances for the club scoring just more than 1000 points during a trophy-laden 17 years at St Helens.
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38 Royal Python snakes have been stolen from a flat in St Helens.
Thieves broke in to the property on Greenfield Road on the evening of Monday March 16 and took a total of 38 snakes, including eight pregnant females and 11 young snakes.
Two men were seen leaving the premises with two sacks before making off in a dark coloured vehicle.
The Royal Pythons are non-venomous and extremely unlikely to pose any threat to the public.
Officers believe they will be offered for sale to people who are experienced in the handling of snakes locally or via the internet, and that the snakes are unlikely to come into contact with the general public.
These snakes, in particular the pregnant and young snakes, need specialist care and can grow to around 5ft in length. We are appealing for any help the public can give us to trace them.
I would urge local people to cast their minds back to the evening of Monday, 16 March in case they saw the two males in a dark-coloured vehicle or remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious.
Anyone with information that could assist the police is asked to contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6843 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Kelly Field racked up £45,000 in debt and maxed out five credit cards after becoming addicted to online bingo.
Kelly would play non-stop for up to eight hours at a time, draining all the money she and her boyfriend had saved up together.
Her addiction became so bad that she began to have suicidal thoughts and turned to self-harm after worrying about how she would ever escape the habit.
Now Kelly, who is paying off £300 of debt a month, is calling on the gambling industry to rein in its advertising.
- Watch below Kelly talking to Suzanna and Ben on the Good Morning Britain sofa.
A man who vanished from his parents’ home in St Helens has been found 450 miles from home in the Highlands. Philip Ruane disappeared on Monday morning.
Fire crews have found the body of a woman following a house fire in St Helens. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called out to a house on Birchfield Street, in Thatto Heath, at around 11.20pm last night.
The fire began in the lounge of the home and after crews put out the flames they discovered the body of an elderly woman. A man also suffered slight smoke inhalation.
An investigation into the exact cause of the fire is underway however it is believed that the fire was accidental.