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WETHERSPOONS have been given permission to vary details of their new pub in Darwen town centre.

The Old Chapel was handed over to the chain by the developers yesterday for final works before it opens on January 23.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has granted permission for alterations to the original plans for outside balustrades at the new pub.

The new owners of the former Railway Road Methodist Church will be allowed to board over three windows , install a new fire escape door and change the beer garden surfacing.

Formerly a supermarket, it will be the first time for several years the upstairs floor is used.