The reopening of one of Huntingdon’s most prominent town centre landmarks has been confirmed - possibly in time for Christmas.

Thought to be the town's oldest pub, The Falcon is set to welcome customers again for the first time since 2008.

A free of tie lease of the Market Hill venue has been taken on by publicans Paul and Alyson Hepworth who have big plans.

"The Falcon Tavern has a great history and a lovely outside space which will be made into a special garden and seating area.

"We really look forward to bringing this magical pub back to life," they said.

According to chartered surveyor Fleurets, which oversaw the deal, the Hepworths do not intend to sell mainstream lagers or alcopops.

Instead, the couple, who run the Olde England pub in Northampton, aim to create a "traditional real ale pub" with the introduction of at least 15 real ales, ciders, craft beers and fruit wines.

There will also be pub and board games and music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, as well as classic rock.

The building is steeped in history and has links to Oliver Cromwell, who is believed to have used the inn as a recruiting centre and as a base for parliamentary commissioners.

It has been the subject of at least two "Save the Falcon" campaigns, and the latest was reignited in September last year.

Speculation about its reopening increased earlier this year when owner Spirit Pub Company undertook refurbishment work.

The Hunts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has already welcomed the news.

Branch publicity officer Paul Moorhouse, who runs the real ale bar at St Neots and St Ives beer festivals, said: "It's someone who is interested in providing a good range of real ales and something that Huntingdon really needs. If they are all served in tip-top condition that will be great.

"If they're offering good beer, we support what they're doing.

"If they're looking to support local breweries, as there are no ties, they will be able to deal with them."