Top rapper Tinie Tempah has vowed to visit a popular Hartlepool pub when he comes to the town for an open air gig this summer.
It was announced earlier this week that the multi platinum-selling artist will perform at Hartlepool Marina on Sunday, July 30.
He is now set to mark his time in the town with a visit to The King Johns Tavern, on South Road.
It came after Twitter user Dexter Robinson had told Tinie: “Come to King Johns when you’re in Hartlepool, it’s only £2 a pint, right laff.”
Tinie – who has 1.91million followers on he social networking site – replied: “When I finish my tour, this is the first place I will go.”
The rapper, whose hits include Pass Ou, Wonderman and Girls Like, looks set to be welcomed with open arms.
Wetherspoon pubs across the UK attract a cross-section of people, and Tinie Tempah, an international pop star, is as welcome as anyone elseEddie Gershon
Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon pubs across the UK attract a cross-section of people, and Tinie Tempah, an international pop star, is as welcome as anyone else.
“If he wants to come to King Johns and have a drink or something to eat, he would be more than welcome.”
Brittany Shires, who works at the pub, said: “I think Tinie coming to Hartlepool will be good for the town.
“It would also be great to welcome him to King Johns.
“I’m sure him being here would attract more people in and in turn boost our sales.
“We’re looking forward to him coming in if he does decide to do that.”
Tinie’s Jackson Landing gig has been organised by Phresh Creative Management, led by local entrepreneur Junior Masandi, and Joe Franks of The Open Jar bar at the Marina, in partnership with Capital Radio and Hartlepool Borough Council.
Once the business of the concert is finished, he will be able to enjoy a pint with regulars at King Johns.
The Mail spoke to some of them while they were relaxing in the pub.
Angela Brazell said: “I’m sure he’d be made to feel welcome and think it’s good for the town that he’s coming here.
“I’m no sure a lot of people in King Johns will know who he is, though.
“If it was Vera Lynn coming here, there might be a better chance.
“You just don’t expect a big name like Tinie Tempah to come to Hartlepool.”
John Leighton, from Hartlepool, added: “This is a good spot for a pint and I’m sure he’d enjoy it.
“I can’t picture him in here, to be honest, but let’s see what happens.
“I’m sure he’d draw in the crowds and it would certainly be something different.”
Anthony Pounder said: “I saw him at T in the Park and he was very good.
“He really got the atmosphere going and it’s great that he’s coming to Hartlepool.”
Brian Myers said: “I don’t think I’ll be going to see him.
“I can’t really be bothered with it all, but if he brings in the crowds, it will be good for the town.”
Tinie will be supported on stage in Hartlepool by a yet-to-be-announced special guest, as well as by local talents, Hartlepool sisters Liv ‘n’ G, Billingham artist Ty Lewis and Teesside songstress Abi Alton.
Tickets, priced £40, are on sale via www.marinalive.co.uk, Hartlepool Town Hall Box Office, The Arc in Stockton and The Open Jar on Hartlepool Marina.