Pub landlord throws a Christmas bash 135days EARLY

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Published on August 12, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Pub landlord throws a Christmas bash 135days EARLY

Christmas came 135 days early for one pub after a big-hearted landlord threw a festive bash so staff can take the real day off to spend with their families.

Dave Davies suggested hosting a mid-summer Christmas knees-up as a joke but the idea snowballed and more than 40 people booked in for a full turkey dinner.

The generous 52-year-old landlord closes The Maple Leaf pub in Worcester on December 25 so staff can spend Christmas Day with their loved ones.

To let locals enjoy some festive cheer at his pub, Dave hosted the festive-themed bash on Sunday (11/8) - 135 days before December 25.

Despite running the pub with his partner Heidi Kirkham, 47, for 15 years, it was the first Christmas party the pub have hosted.

Dave said: "This all started off as a joke to be honest.

"We don't do Christmas at the pub because we can't get the staff.

I don't expect them to work on Christmas day though, they should be with their families.

"One of our regulars was joking about holding an early Christmas party so I thought we'd do it.

"It's the first time we've done Christmas and certainly the first time I've put up tinsel and decorations in August.

"We went the full nine yards and even bought customers presents and staff wore Christmas jumpers and we had festive songs playing all day.

"The customers all got on board with it and had a three-course Christmas dinner with the trimmings.

"We had about 47 people for lunch and it was great." Local Rita Nugent, 45, who has been going to the pub for five years, said: "Dave and Heidi are a lovely and friendly couple.

"Everyone wanted them to do a Christmas lunch, but they said they don't have the staff so this is why the event came about.

"It was certainly a bit different but everyone loved it.

I think this could turn into a regular tradition."


Pub landlord throws a Christmas bash 135days EARLY

Christmas came 135 days early for one pub after a big-hearted landlord threw a festive bash so staff can take the real day off to spend with their families.

Dave Davies suggested hosting a mid-summer Christmas knees-up as a joke but the idea snowballed and more than 40 people booked in for a full turkey dinner.

The generous 52-year-old landlord closes The Maple Leaf pub in Worcester on December 25 so staff can spend Christmas Day with their loved ones.

To let locals enjoy some festive cheer at his pub, Dave hosted the festive-themed bash on Sunday (11/8) - 135 days before December 25.

Despite running the pub with his partner Heidi Kirkham, 47, for 15 years, it was the first Christmas party the pub have hosted.

Dave said: "This all started off as a joke to be honest.

"We don't do Christmas at the pub because we can't get the staff.

I don't expect them to work on Christmas day though, they should be with their families.

"One of our regulars was joking about holding an early Christmas party so I thought we'd do it.

"It's the first time we've done Christmas and certainly the first time I've put up tinsel and decorations in August.

"We went the full nine yards and even bought customers presents and staff wore Christmas jumpers and we had festive songs playing all day.

"The customers all got on board with it and had a three-course Christmas dinner with the trimmings.

"We had about 47 people for lunch and it was great." Local Rita Nugent, 45, who has been going to the pub for five years, said: "Dave and Heidi are a lovely and friendly couple.

"Everyone wanted them to do a Christmas lunch, but they said they don't have the staff so this is why the event came about.

"It was certainly a bit different but everyone loved it.

I think this could turn into a regular tradition."

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