Pub swaps pints for election polling cards

Boars Head pub licensees Russell Jervis and Renee Heyes
Boars Head pub licensees Russell Jervis and Renee Heyes

A FAMED Standish boozer is set to switch from pulling pints to polling voters.

The Boars Head Inn at Standish – believed to be the second oldest pub in the country - will become one of the borough’s polling stations for the upcoming general and local election on May 7.

We don’t mind the disturbance at all...in fact we are pleased that obviously we have been chosen to support the community in this way

Rene Heyes

Dozens and dozens of primary and high schools are being pressed into service around the area for May 7, giving their pupils a popular day off from studies.

Church halls and meeting places are another regular choice pressed into service.

But this atmospheric English coaching inn, dating back to the 13th century, is certainly going to be one of the most unusual.

Other surprising places where Wigan voters can make their choice of councillor or Member of Parliament include The Botanical gardens Association in Tyldesley Road, Atherton.

Or even Hindley Fire Station in Borsdane Avenue.

Proud publicans Russell Jervis and Rene Heyes at The Boars Head are now looking forward to welcoming voters from before breakfast on May 7.

Those using the polling station to cast there vote in what is likely to be one of the closest-fought Parliamentary elections in decades will be able to enjoy a coffee and a snack afterwards, if they chose. But the pub proper won’t be open to service alcohol before noon.

Landlady Rene said: “We are really looking forward to it because it should be really busy this time because it is the combined Parliamentary and borough elections.

“They are actually going to use our bistro room as the Polling Station.

“We don’t mind the disturbance at all...in fact we are pleased that obviously we have been chosen to support the community in this way.

“It gets very well used as a Polling Station and it is always nice to see some of the locals pop in and cast their vote and may be stop for a chat afterwards.

“Some people pop in for a drink afterwards and others book a meal and stay for the evening, so they make a real occasion of it.

“The pub and restaurant will be open as normal but although we are open for the polling from 7am until 10pm, the pub will only be open for drinks from midday.”

Boars Head voters should be wary of any electorial hanky panky from the two ghosts long said to haunt the pub.

The first is said to haunt the cellar but the second inhabits the former billiards room, which is now set to be transformed into a polling station.

Landlord Russsaid: “Its said that the one in the cellar dates back to the days when prisoners transported from Chester Assizes to Lancaster for hanging were put up at here along the way.”