Humorous name for new local

Rod Pickup, Ted Pryor, Ron Phillips and Harry Walker
Rod Pickup, Ted Pryor, Ron Phillips and Harry Walker
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FORCES heroes are set to give getting “legless” a whole new meaning after a tongue-in-cheek makeover of their local.

Residents at Blackpool’s Blesma (British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association) Home will soon be enjoying a tipple in the aptly named “The Legless Arms”.

The cheeky name was dreamed up after workers from BAE Systems offered to create a new bar at the home as part of their charitable work partnership with ABF – The Soldier’s Charity.

And the residents at Blesma - the national charity for limbless veterans - are eager to sup a pint in their new surroundings, with the bar’s official opening next Wednesday.

Ted Pryor, 88, who has lived at the Lytham Road home for a year said: “I think the name’s absolutely excellent, but we don’t get legless, we always watch it and are careful we don’t have too much to drink!

“I’m very excited about it opening, we like to play cards and dominos in there in the morning and evenings.”

And 92-year-old Arthur Hannan added: “The Legless Arms is a good name – it’s very apt for where we are. I’m looking forward to it being open.”

The bar has completed a full refurbishment of the Blesma home, and manager Jacqui Longden said she hopes it means residents who can’t get out will be able to enjoy a more traditional pub experience.

“We’ve got lots of younger members coming and visiting the home and we said we would like to have it done up so it’s more like them going out to the pub,” she said.

“They feel they’re having a night out rather than just going into another room in the home. One of the staff came up with the name The Legless Arms and the residents thought it was a fabulous idea.”

And the bar’s “King Edward Corner” pays homage to former resident Jim Aldous, who lived at the home for 12 years before passing away 18 months ago.

“He used to sit in the corner and smoke his King Edward cigars,” added Ms Longden. “He was with us for such a long time it was something we needed to do in his memory.”

The bar is being officially opened with a Champagne reception for residents and representatives of Blesma, ABF, BAE Systems and local ex-service associations.

Lt Col Philip Aindow, from ABF, said: “BAE, Blesma and ABF all co-operated together. The residents have contributed so much to the country with their injuries, it’s the least we can do to make sure if they have to go in a home their stay is pleasant.”