Last or­ders for cou­ple as they re­tire from run­ning his­toric pub

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

A COU­PLE are set to call last or­ders for the fi­nal time as they re­tire from their pub af­ter al­most a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Land­lord and land­lady Peter and Gail Brady have run the 18th cen­tury Ad­mi­ral Rod­ney in Prest­bury vil­lage for 23 years and have wel­comed scores of fa­mous peo­ple through the doors over the years.

TV’s Who Wants To Be A Mil­lion­aire host Chris Tar­rant, ac­tor Ti­mothy Spall and Corona­tion Street’s Char­lie Law­son, Si­mon Greg­son, Bev­er­ley Cal­lard and Denise Welch have all en­joyed their favourite tip­ple at the pub, which opened in 1730.

The cou­ple, who live above the pub, have also rubbed shoul­ders with a host of sport stars from for­mer Eng­land cricket cap­tain Mike Ather­ton and for­mer boxer Chris Eubank to for­mer Manch­ester City player Trevor Sin­clair.

Even Nor­man La­mont, for­mer chan­cel­lor, signed the il­lus­tri­ous guest book.

Peter, 72, the pub’s se­cond long­est serv­ing ten­ant in 300 years, said: “There are so many names in that book you wouldn’t be­lieve.

“Chris Tar­rant is one of the nicest fa­mous peo­ple I’ve met.

“He came over to the bar and just talked to the lo­cals for more than an hour.”

He added: “It has been a dream job work­ing here and we’ve made so many friends.

“You get up in the morn­ing and walk down­stairs to one of the nicest pubs in one of the nicest vil­lages in the coun­try.

“The pub even has an at­mos­phere when it’s empty. The peo­ple are so nice as well.

“I’m 72 now so am look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing in a way but I will be up­set too.”

The father-of-three has also seen a lot of changes in the vil­lage since they moved to the pub in the early 90s.

He said: “Prest­bury was a lot dif­fer­ent then, it was the hub.

“Now it’s all about Alder­ley Edge and Wilm­slow. I’d like to see Prest­bury like it was back then again.”

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter Chloe Brady, 31, will take over the pub when the cou­ple leave on April 12, but Peter and Gail will still visit.

They will stay firmly on the other side of the bar when they do though.

Margo Cor­nish, who has vis­ited the pub, her lo­cal, for around 12 years, said: “Pete and Gail will be sorely missed.

“They are such a wel­com­ing and friendly cou­ple and have cre­ated a lovely at­mos­phere.”

●● Peter and Gail Brady (above) are re­tir­ing as land­lord and land­lady of the Ad­mi­ral Rod­ney af­ter 23 years. Right: The Bradys in the early 1990s

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