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Pub to celebrate Christmas Day this week after Covid ruins beloved festive tradition.

Source: Mirror News

Another Pub celebrating Christmas in the summer :)


A pub will be throwing a Christmas celebration for its punters having missed out on a festive knees-up last year due to Covid.

Customers and staff at The Nursery Inn were so gutted to miss their annual Christmas celebrations that they decided to hold an out-of-season version.

On Sunday Father Christmas will grace the Hartlepool pub where it is hoped mince pies and nuts will keep customers going - if they can be sourced in time, Gazette Live reported.

Christmas mad manager Deborah Humberston has a special line-up in store, including carols by the Hartlepool Brass Band at 3:30pm.

“We didn’t get our Christmas at the pub, so we said as soon as we can come inside we’ll start our advent and we’ll have Christmas Day at the end of the month," she said.

“We’ve been doing our Christmas advent every night where we choose a table to open the advent and see what they’ve won.

“The last couple of Fridays since we opened we’ve done Festive Friday and if anyone comes in a Christmas hat, jumper, tie, whatever, they get a free shot."

The prizes behind the advent doors are usually Christmas-orientated such as selection boxes, but as they are hard to come by this time of year, they have included drinks and shots for the table, snacks and Quality Street sweetie bags.

While the staff and customers couldn’t celebrate together in December as they usually would, Deborah made sure their annual Secret Santa still went ahead.

Over 40 customers took part, and Deborah and Santa himself, collected and delivered the gifts to everyone’s doorstep.

“We love Christmas here, all the customers do,” Deborah said.

She has been counting down the days until her punters can have their annual sing-a-long and spread some festive cheer.

The decorations have even remained up since the end of 2020 in recognition of her promise that Christmas would go ahead.

“We just have to keep polishing them, I’ve never had to polish Christmas decorations before,” Deborah said.

She added: “The weather ’s supposed to be quite nice so I think he’ll be a bit warm.

“I love it, I sing carols all year long and I get in trouble, I don’t even realise I’m doing it.

Going to the pub’s Christmas Day is free, but social distancing must be observed.

Deborah is on the hunt for chestnuts and mince pies before Sunday, as well as warming her voice up ready for the carols.


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I’m wondering if we will see a big up-swing with Christmas in July events this year as more communities begin to open-up.

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Sure hope so Bruce!

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