Tapping into new bar

Steve and Helen Norris outside the Shovels in Common Edge Road.
Steve and Helen Norris outside the Shovels in Common Edge Road.
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HE’S pulled pints from the same pumps for an incredible 16 and a half years.

But now one of the Fylde coast’s most popular publicans is leaving his pub to take up a new challenge.

Steve Norris, landlord of The Shovels, on Common Edge Road, Marton, is making the move to Lytham to take charge of The Taps, in Henry Street.

He decided to take on the new venture after being recommended by The Taps’ retiring landlord, Ian Rigg.

Steve, 50, says he is looking forward to the “fantastic opportunity” when he takes the helm in January, and paid tribute to his predecessor.

He said: “It’s the only place I would leave The Shovels for.

“He’s made a back street boozer into a beer emporium.”

Steve says his main aim when he takes over in January with his wife Helen, 50, is to export his passion for real ale to his new customers.

He said: “That’s something that’s always been my main passion in pubs.

“I love not only drinking it but selling it.

“It’s becoming more prominent and more dominant now and what I’m trying to do is open it up to younger people and women.

“I think the old fashioned theory behind cask ale is that it’s an older man’s drink, absolutely nothing could be further from the truth.

“There’s so much variety in cask ale, it’s very exciting and my intention is to open up that market to the masses.”

However, his family name won’t completely be lost from The Shovels as his sons Ryan, 21, and Luke, 18, will continue to work there as bar staff.

Steve added: “I’d like to think our neighbours and regular customers have had a fantastic 16 years with us, we’re going to miss it.”

Steve will bid farewell to The Shovels with a party from 7pm on Sunday. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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