Meet the landlord: Bernice Gofton of The Painters Arms

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RUNNING The Painters Arms is Bernice Gofton’s first job in the pub trade.

Bernice has had a varied career. She previously ran Computer Junction, in Arundel Street, Landport for 10 years.

She entered the business after completing her NVQ level one and two courses in Business and Administration.

Before that Bernice, who was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, worked at Margarets Hairdressers, in Somers Road, Somers Town.

She finished at the former Southsea Modern School for Girls, in Francis Avenue, Southsea, before undertaking a four-year apprenticeship course at the hairdressing firm.

In between her time at Margarets Hairdressers and Computer Junction, Bernice worked at Guards Menswear, in Fratton, to earn extra cash.

The mother-of-two now enjoys busy life at the The Painters Arms with her daughter Donna, 34, who helps her cook daily meals for locals.

Bernice’s son, Dean Gofton, 30, works as a painter and decorator for Quality Decorators in Garnier Street, Landport.

Four barmen and a barmaid help Bernice with the everyday running of the friendly local.

She said: ‘Once I had the children, I didn’t have a social life. I needed a new challenge and one day a friend suggested to me, “why don’t you try running your own pub?”.

‘It seemed like a crazy idea, it felt like something like that would only happen in one of my dreams. But as soon as I stepped into The Painters Arms, I knew it was the one. ’