Coun­try’s me­dia de­scends on the Black Bull pub

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

FOR the land­lord of the Black Bull pub – the hastily im­pro­vised hub for jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing the earth­quake story – it was more than busi­ness as usual, the pub was ex­tremely busy.

Bren­dan Whe­lan said: “We had lots of cam­era crews here, all the ma­jor TV sta­tions and, of course, the emer­gency ser­vices, who we fed and served drinks.

“We had a band play­ing that night as part of a birth­day party.”

Mr Whe­lan had to check his premises in Black Bull Road be­fore open­ing. He said: “I was com­ing down the stairs when there was a mas­sive bang and a trem­ble. I thought it was a bomb.

“I had a good look and we have lots of cracks, but not a lot oth­er­wise.

Bren­dan Whe­lan, land­lord of the Black Bull pub

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