Sunday, November 27, 2022

I’ve been going to my local pub every day for 68 years – the price of a pint is killing the local boozers

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A grandpa has been visiting his local pub every day since it opened 68 years ago.

Bernard Bland first visited Nunsthorpe Tavern in 1954 when a pint was only 1s10d – 9p in decimal currency.

He’s been going ever since, even celebrating his wedding anniversaries there and only going without his daily drink during the Covid lockdown.

Celebrating his 92nd birthday at the Grimsby pub this week, he said he never tires of the company, adding: “I have good friends here, they’re like family.”

Bernard was one of the first to walk through the door when the Nunsthorpe was being built on the estate he lives on.

Over the years he’s enjoyed countless pints with friends and his wife, Betty, of almost 70.

Now she’s in a nursing home, he pops in alone for his daily pint of Fosters and a double dark rum.

Surrounded by his banners for his 92nd birthday, Bernard said: “I’m just at home so I come in and see people. I can’t stop at home.

“But the price of a pint has certainly changed over the years. These days the price of a pint is ridiculous.

“People can’t afford to come to the pub like they used to. The place used to be packed with people, but now that you can also offset electricity and gas bills, a visit to the pub is no longer something everyone has the money for.

“I live alone so luckily my gas and electricity are fine.”

Father-of-two Bernard, a former Navy chef, celebrated his 65th birthday at the pub with Betty.

He added: “She is my whole life. It’s like their wheelchair has a satnav that takes us here, but it’s great because everyone is so friendly. I’ll come while I can. I have no intention of stopping.”

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