Cheers 65

There’s something comforting about the evenings getting darker earlier with pubs glowing with an extra charm. But there’s no great advantage in it being slightly lighter in the mornings – unless, of course, you’ve had a really, really good night and the walk home is that much easier.
We’ve got to admit that it’s tempting on the darker, colder nights to take one look out of the window and decide to not bother with the pub quiz and opt instead for Holby City or whatever else keeps people glued to the settee. We should think ourselves lucky that we in the North East have so many terrific pubs we can choose from – and it seems like there are new options popping up regularly, so wrap up warmly and close the door firmly as you step out of the house on your way to one of them.
On a similar note, small brewing businesses are also appearing with a regularity that must have brewing vessel companies working overtime. It’s situations like this that means everybody wins – from the welder putting the kit together right through to the end user, the consumer, you and me.
Regardless of the positive spin, pubs still need your support – particularly, as we’ve said, other attractions loom large. We’ve just gone through what is termed Stoptober where we’re advised to give it all up for a month. Shortly, it’ll be Dry January and even more pressure from the “detox police”.
We’re not telling you what to do, but maybe it’s time to be a rebel. Be contrary, resist, dissent, and if you can’t exactly take to the streets, take yourself to the pub. You know it makes sense.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East


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