A HOOTON landlord is looking for the best Pub Poet to represent the region in a national contest.
Paul Brady, landlord of The Chimneys, put out his call as the nation rediscovers verse, thanks to the BBC’s Poetry Season.
The search was launched to coincide with a ‘golden ale’ festival being held at the Hooton Green pub, and 10 other Vintage Inns in what the pub chain calls its’ ‘Lancashire region’, throughout July and August.
The regional winner will be chosen by customers in an online poll. They will have their verse judged against others from across the UK - and a national winner will then be chosen.
The overall winner will land a VIP weekend for four people in London including rail travel, accommodation, champagne picnic and tickets for Kew Gardens, which is celebrating its’ 250-year anniversary.
Mr Brady said: “Can there be anything much more inspirational, when it comes to writing poetry, than enjoying a quiet pint of golden ale on a warm summer’s evening?”
It has been decided that any poem entered must contain a reference to Lancashire and one of the six beers included in the real ale festival.
So before putting pen to paper, entrants may want to visit The Chimneys’ website at www.vintageinn.co.uk and download a specially-written guide to pubs in the ‘Lancashire region’ as well as the tasting notes for all the beers in the festival.
Entries must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and entrants should put The Chimneys in the subject line of their email and include their name and telephone number in the email itself. The deadline is Friday, July 31.