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Going underground with new tube-style town map

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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A UNIQUE look at watering holes across Burton is set to be produced – in the guise of a London tube-style map.

Firm Pub Stops revealed that it was planning to create one of the maps for the town due to its close links with the brewing and pub industry.

The poster, which mimics the capital’s iconic Tube map, will cover the entire town and will mention dozens of pubs scattered across the area.

It will be designed by Sheffield teacher John Coats who came up with the idea while walking around his hometown.

Each pub on the map will be mentioned as either a stop or an interchange.

Mr Coats said: “I think there is something about the local pub and the way that pubs are such important landmarks in our cities that appeals to people.

He created the his first pub map for his home city inn 2005 after being struck with the ‘unique’ idea while out drinking.

He said: “I have to admit to being a bit taken aback at its success.

“These are obviously a great gift item.”

Mr Coats added a lot of his research had been done online.

He said: “I wish I could afford to have had a pint in each of the pubs - but the internet is a wonderful thing, Google Earth has helped enormously.

“I’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible on all of the maps so far.

“Theoretically you can follow the lines on a pub crawl, but for me one of the attractions of the London Underground map is that it’s a schematic and it’s not quite to scale, so sometimes things that look close together on the map are not that close.”

More than 40 maps, including one of Derby, have so far been created.

More information is available online at www.pubstops.co.uk

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