A RARE chance is being offered to see the inside of a historic Swindon pub as it is being refurbished. 

For the last few months, The Cricketer's Arms within the town's Railway Village has been undergoing restoration led by The Mechanics Institute. 

The organisation is responsible for preserving the town's heritage and is set to have its Annual General Meeting this coming weekend. 

As part of that meeting, which members of the public are invited to attend, the organisation is offering tours of the famous pub. 

A post on the Mechanic's Institute's Facebook page said: "There is still time to consider joining our AGM this coming weekend.

"You can meet the team and find out about what we are working on."

This includes the pub restoration and tours, new branding for the Institute, HAZ updates, the poppy appeal and central community gardening.  

There will be two tours on the day which are already proving to be very popular, the first at 11am is sold out but the second will take place after the meeting at around 1.30pm. 

The meeting will take place on Saturday, November 4 at 12pm at the Central Community Centre.