It was celebrations all round at a South Tyneside pub as it marked 50 years of pouring pints for customers.
The Red Hackle, on Jarrow’s Scotch Estate, invited customers young and old to the venue to enjoy a weekend of family fun and entertainment.
The events, which included a birthday party and live bands, were planned to mark five decades of the pub, owned by Premier Leisure Ltd, being an “integral” part of the community.
Manager Lee Hughes took over the running of the pub, in Perth Avenue, 10 years ago after being handed the keys by the previous manager.
He said: “It hasn’t been easy and I never thought 10 years on I would be still be here, never mind the pub still being open 50 years on.
“I took over in the September, a decade ago, I thought I would get the Christmas period over with, then that would be it. But in the January things started to pick up and it went from there.
“It hasn’t all been plain sailing, at times it has been tough.”Coun Lee Hughes
“I was working in Asda at the time and I had gone part time, but then when trade started increasing, I left Asda and started to run the pub full-time.”
Since Mr Hughes took over the pub he has raised the profile of the venue within the community by holding regular family fun days and organising annual family day trips for families.
He has also thrown his weight behind football teams and other sporting groups within the area.
Mr Hughes, who is also an Independent Putting People First Councillor for the area, added: “When I took over the pub it didn’t have the best reputation. But over the years it has slowly built itself up and has become an integral part of the community.
“We have a lot of regulars but often we have new faces who come in and they are always made to feel welcome.
“The celebrations were well attended and everyone had a great time. We also took time out to remember those who are no longer here.”
Mr Hughes said: “It hasn’t all been plain sailing, at times it has been tough, but the reason why we are still here is down to the community and the support we have received from them.
“It’s great getting feedback from customers and it’s also a way of finding out what is going on in the ward and the issues which are affecting the residents.”
“Hopefully, the pub will still be here in 50 years, I know I won’t be here, but while I am, it’s business as usual with our community events.”