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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.

Octavia Chic / Facebook

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. 

My husband and I have had a very busy few week's working on our favourite project to date. 'The Drunken Crab' built,…

Posted by Octavia Chic, Wigan on Thursday, 11 June 2020

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’. 

Octavia Chic / Facebook

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… 

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Old Labrador found abandoned with heartbreaking note from owner

This is so sad.

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A 10-year-old Labrador has been found tied to a gate with a heartbreaking note. 

The elderly black Labrador was found tied to the gate outside Jasmil Kennels in Upchurch near Sittingbourne, Kent.

The note said the owner had had the dog for the past 10 years but decided to give him up because he had ‘not learnt to be good’.

The full note reads: “Hello, pls can you take me in as my owner has abandoned me after 10 years because I have not learnt to be good, so I have been returned here where he found me. Thank you for looking after me, sorry for inconvinance.” [sic]

Swale Borough Council Stray Dog Service/Facebook

Swale Borough Council’s stray dog service is appealing for more information as the Lab was not fitted with a microchip

In a social media post the service said: “This elderly black Labrador was found tied up to railings at Jasmil Kennels this morning. We would very much like to speak to the owner to establish why the dog has been abandoned.

“If you recognise him and can be of any assistance, please contact the council in confidence. He will now be taken into our care.”

A spokesperson for Swale Council said: “If an owner is struggling with their dog, this is not the way to deal with it.

“Re-homing is the last option, but this isn’t the way to do it, so we would appreciate any information we can get so we can speak to the owner.”

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Police towed away a £150k Bentley after the driver ‘tried to be smart’

Oh no…

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Greater Manchester Police have shared the moment they carted off a £150,000 Bentley after the driver tried to be ‘smart’.

As the Bentley slogan goes, ‘there’s no replacement for displacement’, but this driver had to watch his white GT insurance-less Bentley cruise away from him, leaving him alone in the rain this weekend. Ouch. 

The car was spotted outside a city centre bar with no insurance over the weekend. Police say the driver of the convertible Continental GT ‘tried to be smart’, refusing to hand over the keys after they’d tracked him down.

It made no difference, though, as the police seized the car anyway and even took to social media to share pictures. 

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GMP/Facebook

The Facebook post said: “Car seized on Peter Street for no insurance. Driver was located with keys in a nearby bar.

“Trying to be smart, he refused to hand over the keys, thinking we’d leave his Bentley Continental GT where it was.

“How wrong, car was dragged onto back of recovery truck. #NoInsurance”

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Builders fix 94-year-old woman’s fence for free after she’s ripped off by ‘cowboys’

What an amazing gesture!

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A group of builders have won praise online after they corrected the work some ‘cowboys’ did for a pensioner for free. 

Chris Sawdon’s neighbour, a 94-year-old woman, was ripped off with some shoddy building work, but the response has seen people’s ‘faith in humanity restored’. 

Betty, who lives in Sherburn-In-Elmet, Yorkshire, had builders in to install a fence, but within three days this had blown down as they had barely put the posts in the ground. 

When her neighbour Chris called out on the local Facebook community page he was overwhelmed with the response and a local company, Denby Building Contractors, responded – offering to fix the work for free.

Chris Sawdon / Facebook

He wrote in his Facebook post: “A fantastic local company DENBY Building Contractors responded to the post and came round today to put the shoddy work right.

“They dug the holes to right depth, set posts properly and fitted all of the fence panels and even turned over the border and cleared away rubbish left by the other contractors. They did all this for FREE and would not take a penny even when my neighbour offered them some money.

“I cannot thank Steve and the guys at DENBY Building Contractors enough and highly recommend them to anybody needing any building or structural garden work doing.”

Chris Sawdon / Facebook

The post has seen huge support for the company, with many people asking for their number to have work done, while others said ‘what a great bunch of lads’ and ‘well done to Denby building contractors so proud of you guys’. 

It seems that lockdown has sparked a sense of community everywhere, with community spirit doubling throughout lockdown.

The Guardian reports that the numbers of people volunteering has soared – locally, one street in Denton held bingo games every three weeks at the start of lockdown to help combat loneliness. 

Today has restored my faith in humanity a little. My 94 year old next door neighbour was ripped off last week by some…

Posted by Chris Sawdon on Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Well done lads, what an amazing gesture! What’s the best example of community spirit you’ve seen in lockdown? 

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