A LICENSING boss has urged Euro 2012 revellers to enjoy England’s big game this Friday – but warned them to be sensible with booze at the same time.
Trevor Wilding, recently appointed as chairman of Hartlepool Licensees’ Association, is all geared up for Friday night’s clash between England and Sweden and says pubs and clubs around the town could see an increase in punters wanting to watch the game.
But Trevor, who is landlord of The Jackson’s Arms, in Whitby Street, says while he is well up for football fans immersing themselves in the exciting atmosphere, he urged them to curb the amount of booze they drink to avoid any disorder in or around licensed premises.
He told the Hartlepool Mail: “The Licensees’ Association operates a zero-tolerance scheme against anyone causing trouble.
“If someone gets banned from one pub then they’ll be banned from them all.
“I’d urge people to be sensible and drink sensibly, and also to look after their drinks, especially with what goes around these days.
“They should just enjoy themselves and have a great night.
“Nobody wants to have any trouble, so let’s not have it spoilt with any trouble.”
Trevor and his staff are all prepared for the forthcoming game with flags and England bunting adorning the pub and its bar.
He added: “We got a draw on Monday night, which people didn’t expect us to get, so hopefully we’ll be able to beat Sweden,” he added.
“When England scored the atmosphere in here was great, and we want the same in this pub and throughout the town’s pubs on Friday night.”
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