More round for your pound - I’ll certainly drink to that

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So a Pound Pub has opened – sadly not in Portsmouth but in Stockton-on-Tees.

Think Poundland , but cheap booze instead of washing-up liquid and Hula-Hoops.

Half-a-pint is £1 and a full pint is £1.50, while it’s £3 for double spirits and £1 for a pint of Coke.

Happy days, you can’t argue with that. Well, actually it seems you can. The killjoys are out in force, trying to ruin everyone’s fun as usual.

Colin Shevells, director of Balance, said: ‘Drink is already too affordable, too available and too heavily-promoted.

‘We know that problems are caused by it being too cheap. The Pound Pub is just part of a much bigger problem. We need to wake up to the problems cheap alcohol is causing, both in the short and long-term.’

Wow, I bet he’s a barrel of laughs on a night out! Half-a-pint of Speckled Hen and 25p in the fruit machine and he’d be straight off to church to be absolved of his sins.

The locals are up in arms too, saying the pub will attract the wrong crowd.

The wrong crowd? At this rate, it will be the only pub in the country with anyone in it.

Anyway, we’re talking about Stockton-on-Tees. It’s hardly Henley-Upon-Thames, where I can’t really see the Pound Pub fitting in with the jumper-tied-across-the-shoulders brigade.

Rupert and Portia aren’t going to be popping in for a Dubonnet after a spot of foxhunting, are they? It will be more McKenzie gear than green wellies.

But hey, who cares? If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go in.

All over the country pubs are closing at a rate of knots. Shouldn’t something like this be applauded for trying to breathe a bit of life into a dying industry?

Apparently the Pound Pub is going for the old working men’s club feel, opening its doors to patrons at 8am, with no Sky Sports or entertainment put on.

They’re not planning to target the night-time crowd. Or even the lunchtime crowd if everyone is getting on it at 8am...

They’ve gone with the catchphrase ‘more round for your pound’ and it most certainly is.

Ten pints for £15? I’ll drink to that.