'It's normally one of our biggest nights of the year' Jarrow pub boss's disappointment at being closed for St Patrick's Day

A pub boss has spoken of his disappointment at being closed for St Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 6:00 am
Owner of The Albion Gin & Ale House, Jess McConnell
Owner of The Albion Gin & Ale House, Jess McConnell

For Jess McConnell owner of The Albion Gin & Ale House, in Jarrow, the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint is normally one of the busiest days of the year.

Pubs around the country usually see an influx of drinkers enjoying the celebration of all things Irish, and in Jarrow, with its strong Irish roots, it is a particular celebration.

However this year, St Patrick's Day gets added to the list of events scuppered by the pandemic, and another blow to the pub industry.

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Owner of The Albion Gin & Ale House, Jess McConnell

Instead of preparing for the annual celebration on March 17, Jess is counting down the days until he can welcome back customers.

He said: “St Patrick’s Day is normally one of our biggest nights of the year, so it’s a big loss. As soon as we’re back open we’ll be planning a belated celebration to make up for it!

“We’re desperate to get back open and I know the public and the staff are absolutely craving to get back into the pub as well.”

Jess, who was born in Jarrow has Irish roots as his grandparents were born in the country, and in normal times, the Albion celebrates Jarrow’s Irish heritage with an Irish night every Wednesday.

He is already busy making plans for the reopening of the Albion and hopes to be able to open outdoor facilities on April 12.

He added: “We have provisional plans in place to open with the best outdoor facilities we can offer in April and we’re very excited at the prospect of being open again.”

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