A THREE-year-old Leukaemia fighter was honoured at the reopening of a Halesowen pub which has undergone an extensive remodel.

The Stag & Three Horseshoes had intended to announce its reopening by having Josh Layton to officially cut the ceremonial ribbon at the new look pub.

However, the youngster was unable to attend due to illness, so the Halesowen Road pub dedicated the opening ceremony to him, with general manager Emma Challoner cutting the ribbon in his place.

Emma said: “We’re so pleased at how brilliant Stag & Three Horseshoes looks following the refurbishment, and it was a shame Josh couldn’t come to cut the ceremonial ribbon for us.

“Josh is the nephew of Tracy, one of our team members here at the Stag & Three Horseshoes, and we couldn’t think of anyone better to have the honour of reopening the pub.

“His positive attitude is such an inspiration and he has the most lovely, heart-warming smile, so naturally we wanted him to have his special day.”

The pub and its staff are already planning a host of fundraising events and activities in the upcoming months, aiming to raise money and awareness in support of Joshua’s Journey – a support page set up by Josh’s parents – www.joshuasleukaemiajourney.blogspot.co.uk.

Emma added: “Although he couldn’t attend this time we’re sure he’ll be back for one of our upcoming fundraising events.

“We’ve been fundraising to support Josh and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he receives his treatment, since he was diagnosed last Christmas.

“So far, we’ve raised in the region of around £1,500 from various events and activities, and with more in the pipeline we’re committed to doing our bit to support this cause that is close to everyone here at the Stag & Three Horseshoes.”