Blackburn landlord launches shuttle bus between his two pubs

Blackburn Citizen: Darren Heggie on his shuttle bus – with him (from left) are Danielle Slinger, Dan Stephens and Callum Donaldso. Darren Heggie on his shuttle bus – with him (from left) are Danielle Slinger, Dan Stephens and Callum Donaldso.

A BLACKBURN landlord has introduced a free fun bus to transport revellers between his two pubs as a way to combat struggling trade.

Landlord Darren Heggie is encouraging people to hop aboard the service between the Havelock Inn, in Havelock Street, and the Mill Hill Hotel, in Bridge Street, on Saturday nights.

He said: “The pub trade is struggling. You can’t just open the doors and expect people to come in any more. You need to do things to attract them, and put entertainment on.”

Darren, 33, who has run the Havelock Inn for around five years, said the idea of the shuttle bus came to him after he took over the Mill Hill Hotel around a month ago.

He then bought the eight-seater bus which is being driven by pal Albert Finn between the two pubs – which are a quarter of a mile apart.

He said: “We want customers to be able to enjoy going to a couple of pubs without having to pay for a taxi.

“It’s just that little bit too far to walk, especially in bad weather, and not really far enough for a taxi.

“This will save our customers a few quid so they can have another pint instead.”

The first service ran last Saturday and will continue every Saturday night initially between 7pm and 11pm.

It will leave from the Havelock Inn on the hour and the half hour, and leave from the Mill Hill at quarter past and quarter to the hour.

Darren said: “The first shuttle service had about 80 people on board over the night. I think that when people hear more about it, it will attract more people.”

He said as trade starts to pick up at the Mill Hill, he plans to add more entertainment to the schedule and expand the shuttle service over the weekend.

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11:47pm Fri 28 Sep 12

nil bye mouth says...

A five minute walk ? The folk that live/exist in blackbuuurrrnnn are really bone idle.
A five minute walk ? The folk that live/exist in blackbuuurrrnnn are really bone idle. nil bye mouth
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11:47pm Fri 28 Sep 12

nil bye mouth says...

A five minute walk ? The folk that live/exist in blackbuuurrrnnn are really bone idle.
A five minute walk ? The folk that live/exist in blackbuuurrrnnn are really bone idle. nil bye mouth
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12:34am Sat 29 Sep 12

Rimbus says...

Is Callum Donaldso old enough to be drinking that?
Is Callum Donaldso old enough to be drinking that? Rimbus
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1:09am Sat 29 Sep 12

2 for 5p says...

That is sad.
Quarter of a mile you re prob talking 3 1/2 minutes, bone idle swine.
That is sad. Quarter of a mile you re prob talking 3 1/2 minutes, bone idle swine. 2 for 5p
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1:24am Sat 29 Sep 12

tpreece01 says...

Rimbus wrote:
Is Callum Donaldso old enough to be drinking that?
**** you, beat me to it!
[quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: Is Callum Donaldso old enough to be drinking that?[/p][/quote]**** you, beat me to it! tpreece01
  • Score: 1

4:16am Sat 29 Sep 12

in it to win it says...

Two things worry me about this...
1, Darren is only 33...
2, Albert is driving...
Two things worry me about this... 1, Darren is only 33... 2, Albert is driving... in it to win it
  • Score: 4

4:17am Sat 29 Sep 12

in it to win it says...

Two things worry me about this...
1, Darren is only 33...
2, Albert is driving...
Two things worry me about this... 1, Darren is only 33... 2, Albert is driving... in it to win it
  • Score: 3

8:28am Sat 29 Sep 12

BRFCBrabant says...

in it to win it wrote:
Two things worry me about this...
1, Darren is only 33...
2, Albert is driving...
And the fact he goes by the name Mad Albert is worrying indeed. haha
[quote][p][bold]in it to win it[/bold] wrote: Two things worry me about this... 1, Darren is only 33... 2, Albert is driving...[/p][/quote]And the fact he goes by the name Mad Albert is worrying indeed. haha BRFCBrabant
  • Score: 3

3:48pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Jarisleif5 says...

in it to win it wrote:
Two things worry me about this...
1, Darren is only 33...
2, Albert is driving...
What's the problem with his age? He's been in the pub trade for years.
[quote][p][bold]in it to win it[/bold] wrote: Two things worry me about this... 1, Darren is only 33... 2, Albert is driving...[/p][/quote]What's the problem with his age? He's been in the pub trade for years. Jarisleif5
  • Score: 1

8:05pm Sat 29 Sep 12

POW WOW says...

He's come up with a winner for the legless boozer LOL!!!!!!!
He's come up with a winner for the legless boozer LOL!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 1

7:31am Sun 30 Sep 12

2 for 5p says...

They will be boarded up soon , hopefully. :-)
They will be boarded up soon , hopefully. :-) 2 for 5p
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7:37am Sun 30 Sep 12

Theo says...

Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min.
Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min. Theo
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3:48pm Sun 30 Sep 12

Rimbus says...

Theo wrote:
Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min.
A fully paid up member of MENSA I assume?
[quote][p][bold]Theo[/bold] wrote: Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min.[/p][/quote]A fully paid up member of MENSA I assume? Rimbus
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9:41pm Sun 30 Sep 12

goz says...

Rimbus wrote:
Theo wrote:
Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min.
A fully paid up member of MENSA I assume?
Top bloke is Albert, don't underestimate him whatsoever !!
[quote][p][bold]Rimbus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Theo[/bold] wrote: Well worth the ride just to listen to Albert for 5 min.[/p][/quote]A fully paid up member of MENSA I assume?[/p][/quote]Top bloke is Albert, don't underestimate him whatsoever !! goz
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