A MAN was left with a fractured cheekbone and two black eyes after he was punched in the face during a vicious attack in the New Inn, Oswaldtwistle.
Richard Diffey, 34, of Bright Street, Oswaldtwistle, was visiting the pub with friends when the attack happened after 10.30pm.
He said: "I was just standing there minding my own business when suddenly someone punched me in the face. He was then thrown out of the pub but ran in again and hit me before running off.
"I had to be taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital to have an operation to re-set the cheekbone."
Mr Diffey said he reported the attack to the police but he has no idea who his mystery attacker was - or why he would want to harm him.
But he is now appealing for anyone who was in the pub when the attack happened on 24 November to come forward and help catch the man responsible.
He added that his attacker was between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins tall and had black hair.
Mr Diffey, who lives with his partner Tara-Lea and works as a landscape gardener, said: "I was really angry that someone could do this to me. Although there was no blood, it was very painful and left my face numb for a long time, making it hard to eat."
Sergeant Allen Davies of Accrington Police said they had examined CCTV footage from the night in a bid to catch the culprit.
Posters have also been put up in the area to jog people's memories about the incident.
Sergeant Davies added: "This has had a nasty impact on this man's life and if anyone has any information about it they should give us a ring and let us know."
Anyone with information about the incident can call Crimestoppers, free and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.