Heartbreak as pub pours first pint for beloved regular who died in lockdown

A pub in Bristol poured their first pint in a heartbreaking tribute to a beloved regular who died before they could reopen.

The Huntsman, Generous George Downend in Emersons Green, Bristol, posted an image of a pint placed on an empty table where their regular, Stan, once sat.

Stan had promised the staff that he would return to the pub to get the first pint when they reopened after lockdown.

But sadly, he passed away before staff could serve him again.

The tribute reads: "Our first pint out of the pumps today is for one of our lovely regulars Stan.

"When we closed on the 3rd of November he told us he was going to be the first one back in when we re-opened.

"Sadly Stan passed away while we have been shut therefore can’t fulfil his promise

"So Stan although you can’t be here to have it, the first ones for you. We miss you lot."

The picture, which has been shared over 10,000 times on Facebook, received over 17k reactions and 900 comments.

Commenters described the post as "beautiful" and said that "this is what pubs are all about".

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One person wrote: "Now that is a pub who respects & honours their local customers! Absolute respect!"

"RIP Stan, a great gesture by yourselves to honour a fellow of your community, true spirit," another said.

Pubs and restaurants returned on April 12 to serve customers in beer gardens.

Hairdressers, non-essential shops and gyms also made the return.

Hospitality is expected to return to indoor dining on May 17 as PM Boris Johnson estimates his roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown is still on track.

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