Pub’s open again

A WINDOW cleaner has hung up his chamois leather to reopen a village pub.

Graham Awford, who cleaned windows in Greatham for 30 years, has taken over the reins of The Bull and Dog, in the village.

The pub in the High Street had been closed for six months until recently reopening following an extensive £40,000 refurbishment.

While scores of pubs up and down the country are being forced to close, the pub’s reopening marks a refreshing change.

Graham, 58, said: “I’ve been the village window cleaner for the last 30 years so we are well known in the village.

“My wife Susan was the main inspiration for taking on the pub. She always said she wanted to take it over if it ever came up.

“It had been closed since last October. It had been going downhill and wasn’t in a very good state.”

The refurbishment has seen the pub get new seating, walls and generally polished up.

Graham added: “The reaction from people has been brilliant.

“It is a typical, traditional village pub and it has gone down really well with the locals who are happy to have it back.”

As well as wife Susan, Graham has been helped behind the bar by son Steven, 21, who is duty manager at the Staincliffe Hotel, in Seaton Carew, and has brought his experience.

The pub threw itself into last week’s Greatham Feast celebrations by hosting dominoes and cribbage bar games.

Graham said he does not plan to compete with the other two popular pubs in Greatham which serve food and will instead concentrate on promoting real ales and keeping things traditional.

He added: “We are really concentrating on that and will generally be looking out for the best interests of people in the village.

“We also have a big room and will be looking to use it for things like charity events.”