A “PACKED house” meant a huge success for a reunion of former patrons, staff and football team players of a now-demolished pub.
Mark Blackwood and Dwayne Douglas organised a get-together for anyone who had links to the former Chester pub, which was in Raby Road, Hartlepool, before it was demolished in 2007 to make way for housing.
The night was such a success the pair are planning on organising another gathering in the future.
Scores of people with fond memories of the former drinking hole turned up to the event, which was held earlier this month at the nearby Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, which became used by the Chester’s regulars after the pub closed.
Mark, whose cousin Margaret Sherry ran the pub around 10 years ago, soon after his uncle, Jimmy Blackwood was landlord, went on to set up the Chester Boys Football Club in 2002.
The 42-year-old, who was brought up in the Chatham Road area, said: “It was a packed house and it went down really well, everyone seemed to enjoy it.
“Entertainment came from the band Freetown, who were brill.
“Myself and Dwayne Douglas will be looking at doing it again in the future – watch this space.”
Mark thanked Alan Robinson from the Rovers for his help and for the use of the club.
He also praised the turnout from the community, supporters and past and present team players.
The Chester had a thriving football team, Chester FC, which was a dominant team in its time.
Since the pub closed, a lot of the regulars began to use the nearby Rovers Quoit Club, which has in the past year moved from its base, also in Raby Road, to Easington Road, and club officials want to keep the link going by having events like the reunion.