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Belthorn pub gives red card to football

Lancashire Telegraph: NO FOOTIE HERE: Christine and Brian Hodgkiss with the Football Free Zone sign outside the pub NO FOOTIE HERE: Christine and Brian Hodgkiss with the Football Free Zone sign outside the pub

A PUB has been declared a World Cup-free zone.

Bosses of the Dog Inn in Belthorn say that rather than bringing in the flags and big screens for the event they have instead opted to provide a sanctuary for diners who want to enjoy pub grub in peace.

They say their decision is in direct contrast to the nearby Pack Horse in Elton Road, which has put on a big screen for football fans, because their regulars would rather have a meal and a chat than succumb to World Cup fever.

Landlady of the Belthorn Road pub Christine Hodgkiss said: "We want to keep it free for people who don't enjoy the big screens and the crowds in England shirts.

“A lot of our regulars come for a meal and a quiet drink so it just wouldn't suit us, we are an old country inn.

"We are about allowing people to get a bit of peace and to enjoy beautiful views over the Pennines. The other pub in the village is the Pack Horse and they have a big screen, so it made no sense to try and do what they were already doing. We are the only alternative."

Landord Brian Hodgkiss said: "It's not that we don't like football, we do - we're not miserable. If we were just a drinking pub it would be different, but the Dog Inn is where people come to enjoy good food. There are plenty of places to watch the football and we just wanted to offer an alternative."

At the Pack Horse, Cath McGurk said: “We don’t usually have a television but we will be putting on a big screen for the World Cup because the locals have asked us to. Everyone is looking forward to it and it should be good.”

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5:29pm Thu 10 Jun 10

ste.g says...

cant be bothered more like,no patriotism,probably no customers to.its only every four years,make an effort.
baah humbug.
cant be bothered more like,no patriotism,probably no customers to.its only every four years,make an effort. baah humbug. ste.g
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5:32pm Thu 10 Jun 10

worldcup says...

absolutly right ste
what a complete joke!
and your right with the noo customers!
absolutly right ste what a complete joke! and your right with the noo customers! worldcup
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Thu 10 Jun 10

stanhillstan says...

This landlord allows his son to run around the pub wearin a man u top.... i think your right he cant be much bothered about football.... but as a footnote he serves a good pint o cask
This landlord allows his son to run around the pub wearin a man u top.... i think your right he cant be much bothered about football.... but as a footnote he serves a good pint o cask stanhillstan
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10:43am Fri 11 Jun 10

Teeks says...

Good on em! I couldnt care less about the world cup or football in general. Not everyone is interested in 11 lads running around a pitch after a ball and being paid to much.
Good on em! I couldnt care less about the world cup or football in general. Not everyone is interested in 11 lads running around a pitch after a ball and being paid to much. Teeks
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