Cheers 84

Autumn is a season to embrace – full of mists and mellow fruitfulness – and while it’s nice to look back on an astonishing summer of wall-to-wall sunshine, it didn’t suit everybody. Pubs with no outside area, pavement space or beer garden suffered as drinkers and diners adopted continental habits under shaded parasols.

We’ve heard quite a few town-centre publicans muttering “bring on winter”, so the steadily darkening evenings will come as a blessing. 

There are some, however, who are attempting to claim this month for themselves – Sober October-istas. Sober October indeed – it’ll not be long before they’re crowing again over Dry January, boasting to friends how disciplined they are.

There’s nothing wrong with being sober; we’d never advocate anything else, but some sections of society seem to enjoy taking a stab at those of us who enjoy the company of fellow pub-goers and that it might be beneficial for our wellbeing to mix and mingle and laugh and debate.

The weekly quiz tests our grey matter, the burger specials give us a change of menu, and a tip-toe of music sends rhythm from head to foot. Factor in innovation and enterprise and top them with a heady layer of positivity and customer satisfaction and drink to what autumn is all about.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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