Husbands left at pub’s creche!

Queens Arms (Kirhkham) story on "husband's creche" From left, Dave Nellany, John Whiteside, Courtney Whiteside, Bill Whiteside and Ally Neil
Queens Arms (Kirhkham) story on "husband's creche" From left, Dave Nellany, John Whiteside, Courtney Whiteside, Bill Whiteside and Ally Neil
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FED up with whingeing blokes adding to the stress of Christmas shopping?

Well, one Kirkham pub might have the answer.

The Queens, on Poulton Street, is inviting put-upon wives to drop their other halves off and let the bar staff take care of them for the afternoon with the town’s first “husbands creche”.

Posters advertising the unusual scheme went up around the pub and were mailed out to homes across the town earlier this week.

And landlord Karl Swan, who has been running the pub since March, said his tongue-in-cheek approach had certainly got people talking.

He added: “I’m not expecting there to be a load of women parked up outside ready to drop their husbands off on Saturday morning, but it’s had a great reaction.

“I put a couple of posters in the pub just to see what customers thought of it, in case everyone else thought I was being daft.

“A lot of locals were reading the posters and laughing and when it was mailed out I had four or five text messages from people saying they loved it.”

Mr Swan is promising to entertain shopping-phobic men with all the big football fixtures on TV – although he is warning exasperated wives he cannot guarantee their husbands’ mood when they emerge from a day in his “care”.

He added: “The women all agree it’s a brilliant idea, it seems to be going down well.

“The “creche” is very well priced, we did put a disclaimer on the advert saying they’ve to bring their own pocket money and we can’t guarantee good conversation when they pick them up after a hard day’s shopping!”

Punter Neil Heslit, 56, from Kirkham, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic and the best thing is my wife agrees.

“My wife hates me going shopping and I hate it.

“To dump me here while she goes out on the high street with her friends is fantastic, it’s a great idea.”