Excitement is mounting in the run-up to the Publican Awards 2007, to be held at the Grosvenor House on March 20th. In particular, the competition is hot this year for the Barperson of the Year Award, sponsored by Fairy. The nominees are:
Tiffany Brown, The Alford Arms, Frithsden, Herfortshire
Hannah Walter, The Bay View Inn, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall
Hilli Scranage, The Fox, Lower Essex Street, Birmingham
Gerry Vernon, The Kitchen Bar, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Kate McGowan, The Royal Oak, South Brent, Devon
Lisa Shaw, The Station Hotel, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire
Of course, I have no particular favourites for this contest. May the best Bar Person win. Hannah Walter is, of course, no relation to me, I wouldn't dream of.............oh alright then, she's my niece.
I think Hannah is just delighted to be in the final. I suspect her hard working attitude is shared by the other finalists. I remember one occasion last summer. Hannah was in the bar tidying up etc until around midnight. I had to walk over to the pub at 7am the next morning to pick up my car. There was Hannah picking up the litter etc in the pub garden at that early hour.
This gives some idea of the remarkable hard work put in by bar staff across the country.