Raising a toast

Trevor and Debra Wilding celebrate 10 years as the jacksons Arms.
Trevor and Debra Wilding celebrate 10 years as the jacksons Arms.

A HOST of entertainment is planned next week to help a landlord celebrate a decade at a town centre pub.

Trevor and Debra Wilding will mark 10 years as landlord and landlady of The Jacksons Arms, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, with a party from 7pm on Monday, April 1.

There will be live music from town duo The Rockaholics, a Play Your Cards Right game, raffles and a buffet during the free night.

Trevor, 52, and Debra took over the pub after the pair had worked as managers at Asda, and the pub had been their local since 1997.

“We were used to dealing with the public and we decided to give it a shot,” said Trevor, who was the chairman of the Hartlepool Licensees’ Association for a year before stepping down due to personal reasons earlier this month .

Trevor and Debra were picked from five couples, including Trevor’s sister Susan Mallinson and her husband, to take over the running of the pub from previous landlords Les and Michelle McKenna.

Trevor said: “It doesn’t feel like 10 years. One of the highlights has been just making so many friends. All our customers are our friends and I’m looking forward to spending our anniversary with all our friends.”

He added: “These are not my words, but according to my customers, this pub is classed as the last traditional pub in Hartlepool.”

The dad-of-two and stepdad-of-two, who has five grandchildren, said he had seen a lot of changes in the past decade, including the price of a pint increasing from around £1 to more than £3, the smoking ban being introduced, various other town pubs having to close and 4am closing times being introduced.

Over the years Trevor and Debra have been involved in organising various community events at the pub, including a fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance three years ago and an indoor street party on a Victory in Europe (VE) anniversary day where elderly residents from Burbank Court were invited and pub staff dressed as soldiers.