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Bells marks Brian’s 60 years with special plaque
A LOWER Peover pub has marked the diamond anniversary of one its best customers supping at its bar by presenting him with a unique plaque.
Brian Driffield, 80, of Chapel Lane, Allostock, saw the sign unveiled during a ceremony at the Bells of Peover on Saturday, June 9.
The Bells’ general manager Andre Sievers organised the event, which saw 60 of Brian’s friends and family in attendance.
Brian told the Guardian it was a total surprise when he turned up for his regular Saturday drink.
“I go every Saturday and Sunday, and I’ve had a few in there over the years,” he said.
“The wife (Eunice) takes me down and picks me up.
“When you get a plaque put up then people must think I’m an alcoholic, but I’m just a normal guy. I only drink lager, and my favourite is San Miguel at the Bells.”
Brian first came to the area to work on a farm before working on the motorway as it was built through the Cheshire countryside.
He then worked for himself for 32 years as a roofer and in property maintenance.
Over those 60 years Brian said he had seen a few changes.
“I’ve seen 14 landlords out, but I can’t remember all the names,” he said.
“I’ve never fallen out with any of them though, and I’ve never been chucked out or disgraced myself.
“It’s a lovely pub and it’s got some character, and being an old-timer I like a pub with a bit of character.”
Andre Sievers said: “There is an existing plaque that dates back to 1998, and the regulars did mention it to us about Brian coming here for 60 years so I said we could do something for him.
“We looked at different options, but we decided on the plaque.
“He’s very supportive of our business and he always speaks very highly of us.
“I hope all of our customers are like Brian.”
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