Alex completes pub challenge

BEER ALL YEAR: Regular customer Alex Park visited the Fisherman's Arms on the Headland every day for a year. Alex is pictured with the pub's Mandy Jackson.

BEER ALL YEAR: Regular customer Alex Park visited the Fisherman's Arms on the Headland every day for a year. Alex is pictured with the pub's Mandy Jackson.

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ONE punter who is certain to enjoy this weekend’s festival is Alex Park – in fact he enjoyed a drink in the pub for 366 consecutive days!

The 24-year-old, who lives in the Clavering area of town, had only been in the pub a handful of times when he got chatting to regulars and joked about visiting every single day.

Suddenly the joke became a personal challenge and Alex decided it would be a novel achievement if he could turn up and have at least one drink every evening for an entire year.

That is exactly what he did, notching up 366 days in a row, although he was quick to point out that he didn’t have an alcoholic drink every time he visited the pub.

Alex, who works as an administration officer at Seaham Pension Centre, said: “It all started out as something fun but the longer I carried it on the more determined I became to complete it.

“At times it was quite tough actually. There were times when I had things planned for the day but I had to work around them to make sure I got to the pub for a bit.”

Since completing his challenge, Alex has had a couple of days’ break from visiting the Fisherman’s Arms.

But he said he may well be there every day this bank holiday weekend for the beer festival.

Pub landlord Steve Bell said: “When Alex mentioned the challenge in jest I accepted it but never thought he would make it to an entire year.

“It’s certainly a dedicated achievement and it’s a first for the Fisherman’s Arms.”

Steve joked: “Who knows, one day he might even collect a ‘golden pint’ for a lifetime of service to the Fisherman’s Arms.”