Two ex-servicemen from Blyth have revamped a popular pub with the help of members of the community.
Brothers Brian and Robert Erskine have taken over the Blyth and Tyne pub, with a three-day refurbishment that saw dozens of members of the community helping out.
Brian, who was in the Queen’s Horse Guards for ten years, said: “When we left the forces we couldn’t find a job, and we’ve always wanted to run the Blyth and Tyne.
“It’s been my favourite pub since I was old enough drink.
“Everyone says it’s the best pub in Blyth, and everyone has a memory of it, so when it was up for lease we thought we had to go for it.
“We walked in and realised we had a huge job, we had 30 people come in and in three days we turned it around.
“The community came together to offer their help, it was amazing that such a large collaboration of people in Blyth came together and now if you walked in you wouldn’t believe it was done in a few days.
“We were just so surprised that the community cared that much to come together to turn this place around.”
Brian and Robert, who spent four years in the Royal Artillery, are offering a ten per cent discount to servicemen, and are also selling Heroes Vodka – a vodka created by a UK veteran who pledges 20 per cent of its profits to forces and veterans charities.
Brian added: “We are the only ones in Blyth to sell Heroes Vodka and it’s our number one selling drink, and we are proud to sell it.”