Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears Flow with Beer on Last Day

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tears Flow with Beer on Last Day

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DRINKERS raised their glasses to toast the closure of The Captain Cook pub after 170 years.

Blinking back tears, landlady Olwyn McPhillips said: "I'm emotional, it's terrible. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm going to have a month off and then decide. I think it will probably be another pub.

"It's going to be really hard for me. I'm not just leaving the pub, I'm losing the lifestyle. I was born and bred here."

Although the day was tinged with sadness regulars shared jokes and reminisced over their final pints.

Dickie Dolan, 68, who has been going to the pub for 50 years, said: "I've seen one or two landlords here. It's an end of an era. When one pub closed here in the past there has always been another to go to but now this is the end."

And the closure will hit Joseph Berry, a regular for 30 years, who set up the pub's over-40s football team. …

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