A HUGE beer garden that delighted crowds of drinkers last summer is due to return.

Bosses from Barrow Raiders have confirmed that the Craven Park ground will once again be transformed into one of the UK's biggest beer gardens.

It could reopen its doors to the public when pubs are allowed to serve drinks outdoors next month.

From April 12, people will be able to meet friends or family in beer gardens as long as they abide by the rule of six or are made up of two households.

This time round, there will be no rules about 'substantial meals' which sparked a row over whether a scotch egg constituted a meal and no curfews which restaurateurs said hampered their businesses.

Customers will have to be seated when they order food and drink, under the changes.

The chairman of the rugby league club, Steve Neale, said there were plans to site a marquee off the pitch this year.

"It is so important that we bring in enough money to match our ambitions," he said.

"Obviously, this year the pitch needs protecting so we have made the bold decision to remove the section of terracing to the right of the grandstand, completely flatten it and erect a permanent marquee venue."

Hinting at an opening as soon as restrictions allow, he said: "Our timescales are tight, but we feel that we simply must take advantage of the period of April and May when only outside hospitality can open."

Mr Neale said the club would be aiming for the weekend after April 12 as an opening date and that a marquee would be well ventilated.

"That will mean people will be able to enjoy the beer garden that was so successful last summer."

From May 17, meeting others inside a pub will be allowed but will still be limited to the rule of six or two households.

Club bosses will be hoping this year passes without controversy after they were fined by police for allowing people to mingle without maintaining appropriate distances.

It came after a video circulated on social media.