A Wiltshire therapist is set to fulfil her lifelong dream by reopening a closed Wiltshire pub under her management.

Diane Warburton plans to reopen The Bridge Inn, at Horton Road on the outskirts of Devizes, this March once renovations at the venue are complete.

The 56-year-old took over the running of the pub at the start of February and has since been working to make sure it is a “beautiful” space once customers return through the doors.

Mrs Warburton works as a therapist in both Devizes and Swindon but says taking on the pub, which has been closed since the former landlords departed, will fulfil a lifelong goal.

She said: “I’ve always had a longing to have a pub and I’ve been looking at pubs for years, making plans which come to nothing.

“When this one came up, it’s by a canal and I thought it was a lovely, idyllic country pub that is a mix of tourists and local people.

“I feel absolutely honoured and privileged that Wadworth has entrusted me to be a custodian of this pub and I want to run it well.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Bridge Inn, DevizesThe Bridge Inn, Devizes (Image: Newsquest)

Mrs Warburton’s great-nephew Jordan Bird will also be working with her at the pub as a trained chef.

The pair are hoping to transform the venue into a community hub.

“Me and him are going to try and run this pub and he’s not stopped working”, said Mrs Warburton.

“I see it as a bit therapeutic because I’m a people person and it blends into that, being a familiar face behind the bar, and people can come in to have a break.

“Pubs are essential for the community.”

While The Bridge did not need a complete refurbishment, Mrs Warburton says she and her team have been putting their “stamp” on the site.

This has involved a redecoration to reinforce the pub’s identity as a Devizes destination.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The old picture of The Bridge Inn, DevizesThe old picture of The Bridge Inn, Devizes (Image: Diane Warburton)

As part of this project, Mrs Warburton has tracked down a picture of the building believed to be nearly 100 years old, which will sit alongside old pictures provided by the Wiltshire Museum.

The Bridge’s new occupant is also keen to become more involved with local groups such as those who use the canal and towpath.

“I went it to be an all-day venue which will be a bit of a difference”, she added.

“I aim to open the pub all day, it will be amazing and I’m over the moon.”

Mrs Warburton has not yet set a final date for the reopening of the pub.