Confusion over High Peak pub name change

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The decision to change the name of a popular Chapel-en-le-Frith pub has left parish councillors confused, due to its ‘very tenuous’ link to the area.

The Fallow Deer, on Foresters Way, will re-open on Monday as The Fickle Mermaid, and the change has left many wondering why it was needed at all.

Chairman of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council, Councillor John Brook, said: “This new name draws on a very tenuous connection and does not seem to be as relevant as the old name.

“We really can’t understand the change.”

The pub, which has undergone a major refurbishment, is taking its new name from the myth surrounding the Mermaid’s Pool on the side of Kinder Scout, where it is said a beautiful mermaid lives and lures men to their deaths when they hear her enchanting singing.

Coun Brook said: “Chapel is known as the ‘Chapel in the Forest’ and so we felt the name fitted perfectly with the area.

“I know some pubs have a name change when it is trying to shake a bad reputation, but I haven’t heard that the pub has that problem so it is all a bit of a mystery.”

He added that since the pub has been built it was doing well and the parish council would be supporting the business and all the trade it brings to the area.

The refurbishment has created more than 20 new full and part-time jobs.

The new team includes pub manager Iain Kaye, who said: “I am really excited for the pub to reopen.

“We have a great team on board and we can’t wait to welcome the community back.”