Staff and regulars at a pub in West Lancashire love Christmas so much, they are getting ready to dress up - and hold a festive party five months early.
The Cock & Bottle, on Church Road, Tarelton, is holding its Midsummer Christmas Party next Saturday (August 2), from 8pm until late.
It comes as no surprise to locals, as the party has been a cracking success each August for two years running.
The third evening promises lots of fun and festive spirit, with the all of the staff appropriately dressed for the wrong time of year.
Everyone in fancy dress will be given a free shot and a bottle of Jägermeister will be awarded to the person wearing the best outfit.
The large function room will be decked with boughs of holly, lengths of fairy lights, and plenty of Christmas trees. There will be a disco and karaoke featuring all of the best Christmas songs.
A buffet will be provided, including everyone’s favourite Boxing Day treat: A cold turkey sandwich.
Cock & Bottle landlady Lindsay Bowler, 37, runs the region’s most festive pub.
She said: “It’s all the wacky ideas that keep our customers coming back and the pub continually busy. There is entertainment on every night of the week and there really is something for everybody from poker, bingo, quiz nights, karaoke and live bands - your traditional local with fresh new ideas.”
Lindsay has led the Cock & Bottle to winning the Thwaites Award for Excellence for the second year running, winning Best Entertainment 2013 and 2014, and coming runner-up for Best Community Pub and Best Newcomer. Last year she collected the Best Newcomer at the Great British Pub Awards, and this year is a finalist hoping to take home the Best Community Pub award at the prestigious awards in London this coming September.
The party marks the start of the run-up to the Christmas season, after which the Cock & Bottle is ready to take bookings as well as reveal its Christmas party acts, naming artists and the dates they are playing. The Christmas party nights take place every Friday and Saturday throughout December.
Recently the pub held a charity barn dance, which raised money for Queenscourt Hospice. The pub also holds a Hawaiian beach party at Christmas.
For more details about the Cock & Bottle Midsummer Christmas Party, call them on 01772 812518.