Awards toast the resort pub scheme

Pubwatch Chairman Craig Southall and Pubwatch Co-ordinator Ryan Skyrme.

Pubwatch Chairman Craig Southall and Pubwatch Co-ordinator Ryan Skyrme.

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Blackpool’s licensed trade has been shortlisted for a top national accolade.

The Blackpool Pubwatch is one of three finalists in the National Pubwatch Awards which recognise good practice across the country.

It comes as the organisation is battling moves to restrict opening times for licensed premises in the town centre.

Consultation begins next Thursday on plans to introduce an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO) which would force venues to stop serving alcohol at 3am.

Blackpool Pubwatch chairman Craig Southall said: “We are delighted to be nominated for such a prestigious award in recognition of our work within the Blackpool night time economy.

“We are continuing with everything we do to keep people safe.

“We do not feel there is a need for an EMRO, and this nomination underlines that.”

Dave Daly, landlord of The Castle on Central Drive said: “There are more than 400 pubwatches around the country so we are delighted to be among the finalists.

“Pubwatch has been going for 15 years in Blackpool and a lot of the initiatives we have brought in are now replicated around the country.

“For example, there are now defibrillators in six pubs, including Yates and The Castle, with 15 people trained up to use them.”

Other initiatives introduced by Blackpool Pubwatch include the promotion of polycarbonate glasses in order to reduce potential injuries from glass.

Licensees have also worked with health chiefs to highlight alcohol awareness messages, while the Pubwatch website offers advice about best practices in general.

The Diageo National Pubwatch awards final will take place at the All Parliamentary Beer Group Dinner in London on July 10.

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