Christmas spirit remains at pub

A PUB is determined to keep festive spirit going after missing out because of the national lockdown.

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, it is more like the 12 weeks of Christmas at the Stamford Arms in Heyheads, on the border between Carrbrook and Mossley.

Rebecca Jones and husband James had geared up for an albeit different Christmas at the Huddersfield Road hostelry before the Government put paid to all that.

But rather than just take down the decorations and put them in a box, they have stayed up.

Now about two months after the event, customers have been asked whether they should stay.

And after a large response on social media, when the Stamford reopens its doors again, it will be just like mid-December, only without the chill.

A tree, tinsel, fairy lights, holly and other decorations will all be in place, even if the lockdown goes on.

Rebecca said: “After the responses we received, we have decided to leave the decorations up.
“Most of our customers have been very positive about it.

“We feel that everyone has missed out on so many celebrations in the last year, so it will be nice for us to welcome our customers back with a Christmas party.

“We can’t wait to open our doors again and see all our lovely customers. It has been such a hard year for everyone.”

No customers means no business for the Stamford Arms, just after Rebecca and James had started to put their own mark on the pub.

And after taking charge in 2019, the past 12 months have been tough.

But for Rebecca, hope springs eternal.She added: “This year business wise has been very hard as we have only been able to trade for three months out of the 12.

“We had only taken over running the pub in August 2019 and business had really started to pick up, it was a bit of a blow when Covid-19 hit.

“However, we are remaining positive and are excited to reopen when restrictions end.”

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