IN tough times for pubs across the nation, the manager of one Burton tavern has drawn on an her almost-forgotten art skills in an attempt to pull in the punters.
Charlotte Denton, who manages The Alfred, in Derby Street, has produced these sketched eye-catching sketches which include caricatures of cartoon vixen Jessica Rabbit and comedic actor Ronnie Barker.
One colourful piece of Barker, famed for his appearance in the TV sitcom Open All Hours, shows the actor with the pub’s opening times.
Another shows Jessica Rabbit with the words ‘lets get quizical’ to advertise the quiz night at the pub.
Miss Denton, 31, who has managed The Alfred for the last 10 months, told the Mail she studied at GCSE but had not had chance to put her skills to good use until now.
She said: “I haven’t used my art skills until now but I though this would be a good chance to do so and to advertise the pub.
“I found these advertising boards in the cellar and I thought it would be a good chance to do it.”
Miss Denton said the drawings have drawn the attention of motorists and passers by.
She said: “There’s a lot of passing traffic in Derby Street which comes to stand still so I though it would be a good chance to practice my hobby.
“People have been saying that they have noticed them so they are helping to bring customers in and perhaps these are people who would not usually notice the pub.
“So if it helps to bring one more person through the door then it definitely helps – especially in this climate.”
One customer who informed the Mail about the signs said: “The artwork on the boards outside The Alfred is amazing.
“Everyone is talking about them and wants to know what they are all about.”