Model pub is per­fect gift for its land­lords

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

APHILANTHROPIC punter spent nine months recre­at­ing his favourite boozer out of match­sticks as a gift for its land­lords.

Stephen Hughes, 52, spent more than 500 hours and used around 2,500 matches on his scale model of The Weaver pub, which is on Thorn­ton Square in Macclesfield.

And af­ter its reg­u­lars helped keep Stephen’s project se­cret as he com­pleted the pe­tite ver­sion of the public house, its own­ers were thrilled when he sur­prised them with the unique keep­sake.

The wooden Weaver will now go on dis­play pride of place in the pub in­side a new glass case be­ing made by the pro­pri­etors, Gary and Alison Walker.

Stephen, who has been mak­ing mod­els since he was a lit­tle boy and lives with his wife Adele on Ke­nil­worth Road, Macclesfield, said: “I made a fire en­gine from match­sticks for my fa­ther-in-law and gave it to him in the pub. Some­one saw it and said I should make the pub. I don’t know why but it stuck in my head. A week later I sat down and started mak­ing it.

“All in all it took me about nine months and that was do­ing on av­er­age about two hours a day.”

Welder Stephen uses an as­sort­ment of tools to make his minia­ture match­stick mod­els, in­clud­ing nee­dle files, tweez­ers and tiny paint brushes. He also makes Air­fix and other types of mod­els. One of his big­gest projects was mak­ing a Ger­man Tiger Tank from a kit, which took eight months.

Stephen added: “The wife wasn’t too happy be­cause I do all my work on the dining ta­ble so she lost it for a few months. But I am very happy with the re­sults. I have been go­ing to the pub for more than 20 years and so it was nice to hand it over.

“For my next project I am go­ing to make some­thing in a bot­tle.”

Gary, who has owned the pub with Alison since last July, said that the gift came as a com­plete shock to the pair.

He said: “Ev­ery­one in the pub knew he was do­ing it but me and Alison didn’t have a clue.

“We’re ab­so­lutely over the moon, it is just bril­liant. Right now we’re just get­ting go­ing get­ting a glass case made so we can put it on dis­play at the pub, but we’ve al­ready had lots of peo­ple com­ing in just to have a look at it.”

●● Stephen Hughes with his match­stick model of the pub, with land­lords Gary and Alison Walker in the back­ground

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