CHRISTMAS came early for a group of town centre motorists when a pub ripped up its £60 parking fines.
Last month the Observer reported how bosses at the Kings Arms pub, off Plantation Street, had slapped at least 10 fines on vehicles on its land hours after putting up signs warning non-customers not to park there.
Our report prompted Hyndburn Council to remind the pub that the council owns the land.
Officers ordered the signs to be removed, meaning all fines have been quashed.
The car park is popular with people who work in the town centre and some drivers said they had parked their vehicles there for more than 40 years.
A Hyndburn Council spokesman said: "We can confirm that the land is council-owned and that an officer had been out and asked the pub people to remove the sign."
One town centre worker, who asked not to be named, said it was an excellent result.
"It just goes to show that if you question things that don't quite look right you can get things done," he said.
"My wife got a ticket and we have been advised not to pay it because the land belongs to the council.
"I did think it was odd that so many people had been given fines on the same day.
"It was a brilliant early Christmas present to have the fine cancelled."
A spokesman for Connexions, which is based in nearby Abbey Street, said: "It is good news. Why should people have to pay fines when they have done nothing wrong?
"A lot of our staff park on that car park because it is so close, though no-one from here got a ticket because a member of staff told us that the signs had gone up."
The Kings Arms landlady, who refused to identify herself, said: "As soon as we were made aware that the council owned the land we took action and all money was returned."