A BOOK loving landlady at a popular Helsby pub had a novel idea to get her regulars reading.
Carole Currie, landlady of the Helsby Arms, Chester Road, has created a special area in the busy pub featuring book shelves packed with more than 1,000 paperbacks and coffee house couches to sit and read in.
She said: “A couple of weeks after Borders closed at Cheshire Oaks I put on Twitter that I was missing the store and was overwhelmed with the response.”
Social networker Carole uses Twitter to keep regulars up-to-date on special offers, menus and events and has amassed more than 2,000 followers.
“People who follow us on the site were saying the same thing, so we wondered if there was something we could do about it,” she added.
“We got some new sofas, cleared the corner of the room out and filled the shelves with books.
“Customers can come in read a book and have a coffee or take it away and bring another to put in its place.
“It’s going for a couple of weeks. At the moment it’s just the regulars but people are finding out about it, it takes time for word to get around.”
As well as offering books the pub has a licence to create some movie magic by screening films on a large projector.
“Sunday night is normally a quiet night, we finish the food at 8pm, and like our movies down here,” added Carole.
“We now have a licence to screen any film on DVD after food service on Sunday evenings as well as occasionally hosting theme nights based around the films.”
For more information ring Carole on 01928 724618, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.helsbyarms.co.uk.