Another Interlude : “Boozy Horse Banned From Local Pub”

Boris likes this story from Sky News 30 September 2008

“A horse named Peggy who regularly propped up the bar at a Tyneside pub has been barred by a landlady worried about her new carpets.

The 12-year-old mare used to enjoy a pint of John Smiths bitter and a packet of pickled onion crisps alongside owner Peter Dolan inside O’Malleys in Jarrow, South Tyneside.

But a refit at the pub, which included new carpets, meant landlady Jackie Gray had to tell Mr Dolan his four-legged companion was no longer welcome.

She said: “Although she is probably cleaner than some of my customers, I had to put my foot down and show her the door.”

Peggy reportedly still comes to the pub, now named the Alexandra Hotel, but is tethered outside a window where she can see her former boozing pals enjoy their pints.

Owner Mr Nolan, a 62-year-old retired oil rigger, added: “People come into the pub and the first thing they say is ‘Where’s Peggy?’

“I tell them she’s kicked the habit and is teetotal now.”

Peggy started propping up the bar several years ago when one day she simply followed Mr Dolan into the pub, instead of staying outside on the grass as usual.

He said: “No-one even took any notice of her. “Everyone just saw her as one of the locals.”

Peggy’s social life hit the headlines in October 2006 when her story went around the world.

Mrs Gray had only just taken over the pub then, and said she was shocked to find one of her new regulars was a horse. “

Published in: on September 30, 2008 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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