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Historic Manchester pub The Britons Protection appeals for help as future hangs in balance

‘It would be devastating to us and the local community to see It been made into another clinical bar’

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One of Manchester’s most iconic boozers has appealed for help from the public as its future hangs in the balance.

Britons Protection, which is believed to have opened all the way back in the late 1700s under the moniker The Ancient Britain, has become one of the most recognisable and beloved pubs in the city at its spot on Great Bridgewater Street.

Over the years, it has acquired a 360 bottle-strong collection of world whiskies, and even featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide thanks to it’s wide selection of Manchester-brewed drinks.

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Despite the pub’s popularity, however, its future is uncertain due to Star Pubs – owned by Heineken – wanting to take back control of the building.

As it stands, the pub is currently run as ‘market rent only’ (MRO), meaning only rent is paid to the landlord (Star Pubs) while alcohol can be sourced independently.

However, Star Pubs have opted to take the pub back into their managed house portfolio, meaning that the current landlord needs to appeal for a renewal of the lease to stop them from taking the pub back.

In a social media post, the pubs owner warned that ‘it will not be the same Manchester institution as you know it’, explaining: “We need your help! We are looking to get support from the local community to help us keep the Briton’s Protection the pub we know and love.

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“Heineken (Star Pubs) have opted to take the pub back into their managed house portfolio. We now have to fight for renewal of our lease and stop them from taking the pub back.

“If they do it will not be the same Manchester institution as you know it.

“We have put 10 years of passion into maintaining what this pub is known for and doing it well.”

The statement went on to claim that Heineken ‘does not have the portfolio to support the offering that makes this pub unique’, or the ties to community that have been built over the years.

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The post concluded: “It would be devastating to us and the local community to see It been made into another clinical bar.”

The owner explained that, while he has the support of a number of local institutions such as CAMRA, the Manchester Whisky Club, The Peterloo Society and local MP Lucy Powell, they need ‘every patron to rally behind us and keep the Britons the pub we know and love.’

The owners will be launching a petition within the next week, so make sure to keep an eye on their Instagram page for any updates. 

Or better yet… Get yourself down for a pint and support your local.


Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.

The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.

Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.

The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”

Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.

“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”

He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”

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Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”

They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”

Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?

“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort

Suitable for festival season!

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Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.

If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.

Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.

The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.

She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”

She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.

Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.

Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.

One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”

And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”

Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.

You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.

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Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert

Well done, Barbara!

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A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.

Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.

The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.

She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”

Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.

She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.

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