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Regulars, guests and former staff joined Natasha Averre, landlady at West Bridgford’s Stratford Haven, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its opening as the district’s first new pub in a generation.

Staff and former colleagues gather for the Strat’s birthday party

Staff and former colleagues gather for the Strat’s birthday party

With Harvest Pale, the brewery’s award winning bitter on sale at £1.60 per pint, a typical 1999 price, and special discounts on the other ten real ales on draught, the evening on Tuesday 18 May, was universally acclaimed a great success.

Among the guests were many regulars from West Bridgford including Alan Tyers, known as ‘quick change Alan’, after his habit of arriving in completely new outfits throughout the day. Alan said he never used the premises in their past life as a pet shop, “nor did I have much in common with the residents of the four bed sits here in the 1970s,” he added.

Alan Tyers, a resident of Stratford Road, West Bridgford, with the pub’s first manager,  Steve Bramley, and the current landlady, Natasha Averre.

Alan Tyers, a resident of Stratford Road, West Bridgford, with the pub’s first manager, Steve Bramley, and the current landlady, Natasha Averre.

For Natasha Averre, the day was made complete by her current staff’s insistence on working their bar shifts in the attire of St Trinian’s schoolgirls. “The lads were particularly appealing,” she says. “Though some of them found high heels a little tiresome as they teetered their way around the bar.”

The toast to the evening was “here’s to the next ten” made by pub regular, John Burns. Natasha says, “John is well remembered on the night we opened … and on most days since. It was good to hear his favourite pub jokes and reminisce about customers old and new with him.”

Music was provided by Kelly’s Heroes.