By George – that’s a shift

Joiners Arms landlord George Hall with Murphy the dog.
Joiners Arms landlord George Hall with Murphy the dog.

REGULARS are celebrating silver service at their local pub.

For Morpeth’s longest-serving landlord George Hall is marking his 25th anniversary of taking over behind the bar at The Joiners Arms in Wansbeck Street.

Thatcher was in Downing Street, Reagan was in the White House and Kylie was in the charts when Mr Hall came to the pub on October 18, 1988.

A quarter-of-a-century on and the Grey Ghost, as he is called by regulars, has become one of the town’s most well-known characters, having raised thousands of pounds for charity from sponsored walks around the country.

Mr Hall said: “When the Wansbeck floods, the customers wade through it. When the bridges are closed they come here from another direction. It is customers like that who have kept The Joiners and me going all these years.

“These are difficult times for the pub trade, but The Joiners has held its own and I’m proud to have shared a quarter-of-a-century of its history.”