SHOCK! Robbie Williams childhood home goes unsold
An old pub that was a childhood home of megastar Robbie Williams faces an uncertain future after no one bothered to buy it.
Thousands of fans flock every year to see the Red Lion in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, which is part of the Robbie Williams trail.
But despite the number of people who visit the site, the £150,000 drinking hole has failed to attract a decent offer.
Now its future hangs in the balance.
Robbie’s parents took over the Red Lion, one of the oldest pubs in the area, when he was just a baby. He lived there from 1975 to 1977.
Robbie’s dad Pete Conway said: “Because it is up for sale, I went back inside recently.
“It was quite strange being back inside. I even had a look around upstairs. I had not been up there since 1977.
“It brought back memories.”
Local historian Mervyn Edwards said: “Historically, the Red Lion is one of the oldest pubs in Burslem. It was rebuilt in the 1960s.
“However, if it does not become a pub again, it would be another part of Burslem’s history gone.”
Estate agents predict that any buyer may be tempted to turn the property into flats.
Chris Hulme, director of property agents Keates Hulme, said: “The pub was run was Robbie William’s parents. I spoke to someone recently who remembered seeing Robbie there as a baby.
“It’s currently semi refurbished. Someone started the work, but it needs the next buyer to finish it off as a bar. ”
“We have had interest from people looking to take it over as a bar and from others looking to turn it into self-contained residential units.
“So far the vendor has not had an attractive offer.
“If it is not sold, eventually it will be put up for auction. There’s always a possibility in an auction that people will pick up on the Robbie link and it will take off. We’ll have to wait and see.”