A former snooker club will get a new lease of life when a £1.5m revamp transforms it into a specialist training centre.
The North Lancs Training Group (NLTG) has bought the former Elite Snooker Club in Grange Lane, Accrington, which was once the Old Moseley’s Bakery.
It is now being upgraded into a training facility for more than 100 youngsters, giving them vital skills to equip them for the world of work.
Jim Harkness, managing director of NLTG, said: "We will use the centre for three main things.
"Firstly, we’ll use it as a training facility for our students, some of them working in areas like catering and hospitality.
"Secondly, we have good links with a lot of local schools, so we will use it for that.
"Finally, we also have youngsters who are neither in education or training, and we will also use it for them.
"It will include areas for catering and hospitality students, hairdressing, car work such as valeting, logistics and we will also have an IT suite."
The historic building, which dates from the late 19th century was known in its bakery heyday for selling Moseley’s bread, or squashed penny cakes.
To link in with its past, NLTG plans to call the building something which reflects its heritage, such as The Bakery, or The Old Bakery.
Jim added: "We are certainly looking forward to it being opened and it will be a good facility for us.
"On a good day, it should take around 100 students, up to a maximum of about 140 per day on various courses, so there is a lot of potential in it and it should do really well."
The revamp is well underway and it is hoped the facility will be up and running by November.