A POPULAR pub is getting ready to celebrate a special birthday – and a unique sketch has been commissioned to mark the milestone.
The Midway Inn, in Burton Road, Midway, will turn 50 next month and licensee Ricky Quinby is going all out to make sure the celebrations will not be forgotten.
A special party will be held on July 19 and 20 and artist Paul Boddy has created a special drawing of the popular Marston’s pub to mark its five decades in business.
Mr Quinby said: “I have been at the pub for around a year and I want to celebrate the special occasion with all my regulars.
“We have old regulars who like to come in for a pint and a game of dominoes and youngsters who come in to watch the football=.”
“I am now appealing to people who might have remembered the pub being built in 1964 and what they did to open the pub to help mark the anniversary.”
“I commissioned local artist, Paul Boddy, to paint the pub and have also asked a local historian to find as many photographs and information over the last 50 years to create a display at the pub over the birthday weekend.
“They have discovered that the pub was opened on July 24 1964 and the band that played at the time was called The Midwayers.
“While they can’t have them to play this time, we will be having a 60s tribute band.
“We want people young and old to come along and celebrate 50 great years and, hopefully, another 50 more.”
Anyone who has information surrounding the opening of the pub is urged to call Mr Quinby on 01283 220579.