Pub celebrates loyal patrons

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A COMMUNITY pub cracked open a bottle of bubbly on Monday to honour its two most loyal customers. Percy Long and Mary Ware are familiar faces to those at the Ember Inn, in Lawson Place. They have been visiting the Moreton Hall pub for 20 years.

“It’s the best pub in Bury,” said Percy, 83.

Seven days a week, including Christmas Day, the couple from Lyminster Close enjoy a meal at the ‘friendly, comfortable’ inn and Mary sips a glass of red wine while Percy enjoys a beer.

This week an engraved celebratory plaque was hung on the wall near ‘their’ table.

Percy said: “More people know us than we know them, when we first came here we didn’t know anyone – it makes me feel about 10ft high.”

Landlords Georgina and Billy Barnes celebrated the milestone with champagne, canapés, music from the 1950s and a rare game of bingo.

Mary’s son Lennie Sharp said: “You just don’t get this in pubs anymore, for them to put themselves out like they have is superb.”

Mrs Barnes said: “We go out of our way to make them feel welcome. They’re the heart of the pub - I just love to see their smile.”