Regulars hold reunion in inflatable pub

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A large inflatable pub became home to regulars from the fire-devastated Dressers Arms at the weekend.

The car park opposite the building on Briers Brow, Wheelton, was used to hold three days of family fun, dubbed Dress Fest.

There was live music by 12 bands, a Brazilian barbecue, karaoke, a disco and plenty of drinks for customers.

It was a chance for customers from the Dressers Arms and adjoining Little Hong Kong restaurant to be reunited after a fire that badly damaged the building in April.

Steve Turner, licensee at the Dressers Arms, said: “The customers hadn’t seen each other for three months. There are people who came in the pub for a Sunday lunch and knew quite a few other people, because it’s a friendly pub. When the pub burnt down, they didn’t have chance to swap numbers.”

He added: “It was a cracking weekend.”

Dress Fest also raised awareness of work being done to repair the building and plans to re-open the Dressers Arms in November.

And it proved to be such a success that another event is now being planned for September 26, 27 and 28.




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