South Shields pub The New Cyprus finally says goodbye to Christmas after more than a year of decorations

A pub has finally said goodbye to Christmas after more than a year of being decked out in festive glory.

Saturday, 8th January 2022, 4:55 am

The team at The New Cyprus Hotel in South Shields went to town ahead of Christmas 2020 with a dazzling array of decorations.

But tiered covid restrictions meant the Chichester Road pub – and all others in the North East could not reopen after the end of the second national lockdown, meaning it missed out on the festive season.

“It took us three weeks to dress the pub for Christmas, we had the decorations up at the end of October, but then we didn’t open,” said owner Sinia Jazwi.

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Sinia Jazwi in The New Cyprus Hotel with some of the pub's Christmas decorations.

Lockdown Three followed in January, meaning the pub stayed closed right through winter.

“We’re just going to have Christmas all year and we’re going to keep the decorations up until New Year,” she said at the time.

Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.

But now, after the twelve days of Christmas 2021 came to a close, it is time for them to come down.

“It’s now time to fully function as normal and operate, enjoy and celebrate the whole year through,” said Sinia.

And the landlady and her team are now looking forward to celebrations in the coming months.

The pub is already planning to decorate for Valentine’s Day and has events lined up January including Burns’ Night on Tuesday, January 25 and a Clairvoyant night on Thursday, January 27.

Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.

The pub is known for helping good causes, and The Burns Night celebration will help raise funds to allow staff at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust access a British Sign Language course to support those who need help communicating. Tickets are £6 and can be purchased from the pub.

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Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.

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Landlady Sinia said the time has finally come to take the decorations down.
Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.
Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.
Some of the decorations at the Cyprus.