Pubs preparing to cheer on England

CHEERS Teresa Kirby landlady of The Clarence Tavern in Gosport.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
CHEERS Teresa Kirby landlady of The Clarence Tavern in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs
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PUBS are pulling out all the stops to ensure they are ready for a Euro football spending bonanza.

Landlords across the area are ordering in up to 1,000 extra pints of beer each and laying on extra staff for tomorrow night’s Euro 2012 clash between England and Italy.

And many local pubs are preparing to put on barbecues for hungry England fans at half time and to slash the price of drinks.

Teresa Kirby, who runs The Clarence Tavern, in Gosport, said she had ordered in 1,000 extra pints of beer for the occasion.

‘I reckon it’ll be all gone by Sunday night,’ she said.

‘I’ll be really surprised if we have any beer left by Monday morning.

‘Even if England lose I’m convinced the atmosphere is going to be electric.

‘We were packed in here for the last England game so we’re expecting a big turnout again.

‘I wouldn’t be surprised if many people called in sick the next day.’

Luke Usher, 21, a barman at The Artillery Arms in Hester Road, Eastney, said: ‘The landlord Peter Watson is making sure there are two extra members of staff working behind the bar.

‘We’ve ordered in loads of extra beer as well – the cellar is looking pretty full at the moment.’

The Leopold Tavern in Albert Road, Southsea, has ordered in an extra 600 pints of real ale and staff say they expect the pub to be full by the time the match kicks off at 7.45pm.

Mark Brooks, manager of the Wheatsheaf pub, in Titchfield, added: ‘Sundays are usually busy in here anyway so this will be a nice bonus. I’m airing the game especially for the locals.’

Ian Welland, head of area development at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said there could be a few sore heads, but businesses were not expecting a deluge of sickness absences on Monday.

‘I expect most businesses are looking forward to having their employees in on the morning,’ he said.