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Family from Wigan have the ultimate lockdown pub in their garden

We all need a garden pub!



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A family from Wigan has had the ultimate mini pub built in their garden to enjoy throughout lockdown.

Like baking banana bread, we all went a little crazy for DIY throughout lockdown. Maybe we’ve just been bored, or maybe we’ve finally had the time to tick off the things on our to-do list.

But one family has taken it to the extreme and had a miniature pub created in their back garden, complete with taps, tankards and traditional pub seating, meaning they’ve not missed the pub one bit. 

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The pub was built by Wigan-based company, Octavia Chic, and took them just three weeks to complete.

You could really trick yourself into thinking you’re in an actual boozer in this garden pub. with all of its authentic wooden interiors, traditional pub seating and a personal pub sign hanging outside.

The Crabtree family named the pub The Drunken Crab, complete with a new logo and hanging door sign.

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Inside you will find fully working beer taps, a miniature fridge to keep cans chilled and a snack bar complete with, of course, scampi crisps. 

Brown leather stools line the bar which is stocked with a whole range of beers and spirits to keep the punters – family – happy, and a nautical theme is found in the pictures and artwork. 

You’ll even find the classic pub sport darts, in The Drunken Crab. There are tankards above the wall and even a bell for last orders, so the family can pull a full Peggy Mitchell. 

Octavia Chic shared the pub on their Facebook page and the post has gone viral receiving over 62,000 comments and 34,000 shares.

They have been inundated with people interested in having a pub built in their garden too, saying they are ‘overwhelmed with the response’. 

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In their latest post, they said: “We are based in Wigan and as this took 3 week’s to complete we can only consider doing garden pubs in the North West.

“Also we would need to come and have a consultation before pricing. Thank you all so much and of course to the Crabs for letting us do this for them.”

What DIY have you been up to in lockdown? Share your best builds in the Facebook comments… 


Morrisons shoppers upset over ‘intimidating’ Union Jack packaging in the supermarket




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Morrisons use of the Union Jack flag on British products has kicked off a debate online.

It was sparked when a shopper posted a picture of the Union Jack branding on the supermarket’s eggs and butter.

Pictures of the products were posted to Twitter, with the customer writing: “Just back from a trip to Morrisons. Is it just me, or have their butter and eggs always been this… patriotic?”

The post sparked a debate and divided opinion in the comments, with some saying they will boycott the items while others argued it was just marking them as being British products.

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Someone replied to the tweet to say: “Very upset by porridge I saw in Morrisons. This flagging everything is very unpleasant and quite intimidating.”

A second added: “Retaliate. I’m no longer buying anything packaged as such. Hurt them through their bank accounts.”

While another replied: “Won’t be buying eggs from Morrisons.”

Some people were confused as to why people were so offended by the Union flag being on British products.

One person said: “I can’t believe you all get triggered over the fact it’s showing we have British products in our stores. You should be proud that it’s cut down on air miles and transport costs and in turn is helpful for the environment. No, you’d rather moan about the national flag.”

A second asked: “They also have the French flag on Brie and Camembert cheeses and the Italian flag on a number of meats. Should we remove them as well? Or is it just because it is the British flag?”

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Handbag thief faceplants into ‘one way’ sign after stealing £760 Moschino bag in the city centre

That’s gotta hurt…



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A man trying to make a swift getaway from police ended up getting more than he bargained for.

The suspect ended up with a sore head after smashing into a ‘one way’ sign after his concentration slipped.

The 33-year-old male was attempting to give Greater Manchester Police the slip after stealing a £760 Moschino bag in the city centre.

While he was making off from officers he looked behind him and ended up faceplanting straight into the sign.

He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody to recover from a ‘sore head’.

GMP took to Twitter and Facebook yesterday to share the news, saying that ‘all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery’.

GMP City Centre wrote: “One way to custody… A 33yr old male stole a £760 Moschino hand bag. Whilst making off from officers, he looked behind him & then faceplanted straight into a One Way road sign.

“Male now in custody recovering from a sore head, all signs suggest he’ll make a full recovery!”


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Police at the Arndale as huge queues form on first day of non-essential shops reopening

Are you heading out to the shops today?



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Today, Monday April 12th, sees stage two of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown come into effect.

As part of this second stage, pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen for outdoor drinking and dining, while places like gyms, salons and hairdressers can also welcome people back.

Non-essential retail can also throw open its doors once again, meaning shops in places like the city centre, Arndale and Trafford Centre can reopen from today.

Huge queues have been forming as people are keen to return to shops after lockdown, with large gatherings of people spotted at the Arndale.

Photos and videos have been posted to social media showing people trying to get in the shopping centre from Market Street, with the Arndale opening at 8am today.

Sean Hansford posted a video to Twitter showing a large group being dispersed from the entrance to the Arndale, with very little social distancing happening.

A security guard asks them to move away and to social distance, but the group initially just congregates nearby.

Later videos show a more orderly queue going down Market Street after Covid marshals managed to organise shoppers, with police also spotted assisting with the queues.

Large queues were also spotted at Primark over at the Trafford Centre, as the popular budget retailer reopened its doors.

Will you be heading out shopping today, or are you waiting until things calm down a bit?

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