Regulars take over running of popular Hartlepool pub The Fish

Steve Bell and Mandy Jackson hand over the reign of The Fisherman's Arms pub to Paul and Lana Williams.

Steve Bell and Mandy Jackson hand over the reign of The Fisherman's Arms pub to Paul and Lana Williams.

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TWO pub regulars have decided to get behind the bar instead of propping it up!

Paul and Lana Williams have been regulars at The Fisherman’s Arms for two years since moving to Hartlepool.

The pair have enjoyed many nights in the establishment, which is renowned for its music gigs and beer festivals.

And when they heard that the previous landlords, Steve Bell and his partner Mandy Jackson, were leaving the pub trade, they decided to take over the reins (or the pumps).

Paul, 53, and Lana, 47, officially started at the pub, known locally as The Fish, on Monday this week.

And after spending their first few days giving the interior a lick of paint, they say they will be ready for their big opening night tomorrow, on Friday, March 6, when there will be a popular Pindrop music night, and some of the “fizzy stuff” to celebrate.

The Beer Bullies will perform on Saturday, and Jonny and Joanie on Sunday after the regular quiz. Paul, who used to run a pub with his wife in the south of England, said: “We’re quite excited. We’ve been coming here for about two years and we’re taking over to continue the tradition. The reason we used to drink in here is because we liked what happened in here.

“It would have been daunting taking over if Steve and Mandy hadn’t been so successful, but, as they were, then we’re more excited. We’ve got a lot of friends here, and there’s going to be lots of music and bands, so we’re really looking forward to it. We’re going to be introducing a bit of food to the place as well.”

Paul, who is dad to Ellie, 15, said: “We’ve been sprucing up the ladies’ toilets and painting the interior decor. We are looking forward to Friday.”

The Fish’s famous dog Hugo will also be leaving with his owners.

We’ve got a lot of friends here, and there’s going to be lots of music and bands, so we’re really looking forward to it.

Paul Williams, new landlord at The Fisherman’s Arms, in Hartlepool

Steve congratulated Paul and Lana on their take-over.

He said: “Paul and Lana are the perfect couple to take over and we are looking forward to sharing a light ale with them in the future.”