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Customers Cough Up £755 For First Post-Lockdown Pint In Pub

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Customers Cough Up £755 For First Post-Lockdown Pint In Pub

Two sisters forked out a whopping £755 for their first post-lockdown pint in a pub, but it was all for a good cause. Watch footage of the incident below:

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The Packhorse pub decided to auction off its first pint inside the premises, on the day indoor hospitality has been allowed to reopen in England.

Sisters Olivia and Isabelle Cundy made the winning bid for the pint of Birra Moretti, with all the money raised going to Dorothy House Hospice Care based in Bath, and The Mountain Way charity which helps former military personnel overcome PTSD.

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The pub put the pint up for auction on eBay, with the bidding ending just before the pub reopened its doors today.

According to The Mirror, the two sisters sadly lost their mum Caroline to cancer in April, and along with their brother Hugo and their mum's husband Ben, they opted to donate the hefty price in tribute to Dorothy House.

Thirty-year-old Olivia told the newspaper: "They help with end-of-life palliative care for patients.

"My mum was there for the last moments of her life so this was really special - it was really lovely to give back. It was a really special and important moment for us."

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Of course, people also wanted to know how the pint itself had fared, to which she replied: "It was definitely worth it - it was delicious.

"I had the first sip and Isabelle had the second. It's never too early for a pint."

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Credit: SWNS

Pubs across England were able to welcome customers back inside today for the first time in 2021.

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And some punters were so keen to get their hands on a pint in the comfort of their local that they were ready and waiting at midnight.

One such pub was The Oak Inn in Coventry that saw around 100 people rock up to get through the doors at midnight.

Owner Darren Lee said the early opening had been 'very well received', adding his locals were 'really glad to be back inside - they're really up for it'.

Meanwhile, Showtime Bar in Huddersfield, also managed to tempt people out at midnight.

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Owner Ian Snowball, said he hoped the number of people in the bar would continue to snowball as the days and weeks pass.

He said: "It's not as big as it was when we first opened in the garden, that was immense.

"This is a bit of an anti-climax but I think it'll build up again - the anticipation isn't quite there like it was last time. But it's still good fun.

"I think for people from the North, it's kind of special to us, a pub.

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"There's an intimacy when we all get together, with our friends, and we talk."

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Credit: SWNS

The latest rules mean you can now go for a beer inside a pub in a group comprised of two households, or six people from different households. The same goes for meeting groups in your homes.

Groups of 30 can meet outdoors, while museums, cinemas, children's play areas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums can all reopen, as can hotels.

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Topics: UK News, Pub

Claire Reid
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