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Looking Back: Bookings for divorce parties took off at Farnworth pub

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Looking Back: Bookings for divorce parties took off at Farnworth pub 11770482

Landlord John Boyle came up with a novel way of boosting trade and cheering up some of his customers in 1991.

For he was urging newly-divorced couples to get in touch - so that he could arrange a celebration!

Divorce parties were offering a new line in knees-ups at John’s hostelry - The Shakespeare in Farnworth - and the jovial Scotsman said that since he had started advertising the he had been swamped with interested parties.

John said: “I just thought that with the divorce rate climbing higher and higher all the time I would do this.

“I know that people suffer tremendous heartache during divorce and this was my tongue-in-cheek way of lightening the subject a bit for them.”

John was known as a bit of a joker and could often be found serving behind the bar in a comedy wig and a kilt to get a laugh from his regulars.

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Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
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Is this research you found on Mrs KP's laptop?

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Natasha Whittam wrote:Is this research you found on Mrs KP's laptop?

Yep and it doesn't surprise me! Very Happy

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