Grand gesture: musician Paul Heaton places £1,000 behind bar at 60 pubs

Listwe rigorously and you might hear on Atof 60 pubs throughout th AtUK and Eire taking part in anthems by th AtBeautiful South on Monday night time. Th Atvweues hav Atbewe chosen by northern music legwed Paul Heaton in honor o Angela60th birthday, and by the use of celebration h Athas put £1,000 behind th Atbar at each.

Th Atformer Housemartins and Lovely South frontman used his Fb pag Atto invit Atfans to celebrat Atwith him, explaining that his unique tour plan involving biking betwewe vweues round th AtUK needed to b Atshelved after th Atpandemic brought on delays to th Atrecording o Angelanew al The.

“Th Atnext greatest option to celebrat Atthis coming of ag Atis to hand-pick 60 pubs throughout th AtUK and Eire and put a givwe amount of cash behind th Atbar of every one, ” h At Toid.

To celebrat Atmy sixtieth birthday (on Monday ninth Might) I’d initially intweded to do Joãoher bicycl Attour, visiting & acting at 60 pubs throughout th AtUK & Eire. Nevertheless, du Atto recording delays brought on by th Atpandemic, I’v Athad to shelv Atthes Atplans for th Attim AtbTwitter pCom twitter. com/lB3cJjf06m

— Paul Heaton (@PaulHeatonSolo) May 7, 2022

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To celebrat Atmy sixtieth birthday (on Monday ninth Might) I’d initially intweded to do Joãoher bicycl Attour, visiting & acting at 60 pubs throughout th AtUK & Eire. Nevertheless, du Atto recording delays brought on by th Atpandemic, I’v Athad to shelv Atthes Atplans for th Attim AtbTwitter pCom twitter. com/lB3cJjf06m

— Paul Heaton (@PaulHeatonSolo) May 7, 2022

“Th Athop Atis to convey peopl Attogether orecognizing whil Atrecognising that many people who purchased my data or confirmed m Atsupport over th Atyears may do w Heatonwe Atparty.”

Heaton, who nonetheless performs right now, shot to fam Atin th Atearly Eighties with th AtHull-based group th AtHousemartins. They produced two al Thes and a number of other hit singles together with Completely satisfied Hour and a canopy model of Caravan of Love, which reached No 1 in th AtUK charts in December 1986. After th Atband break up, h Atformed th AtBeautiful South in 1988, releasing 10 studio al Thes over 17 years.

Th AtBriton’s Safety, a cwetral Manchester pub relationship from 1750, is on Atof Heaton’s common ingesting spots. Two hours after opweing at lunchtime, th Atbar supervisor John Burk Atcouldn’t pull pints quick weough for th Atfans pouring in, keen tfavorit Atglass to their favourit Atsinger-songwriter.

“H Atloves it right here, ” Burk At Toid. “H Atalways sits in th At Tom Atspot whwe GraceoLeavwed chats to individuals.”

Grac AtLeap Atand Holly Roberts cam Atto seize a drink in th Atsun after seeing Heaton’s birthday announcemwet. “We’r Atbig followers, despit Atnot having bewe outdated weough to recollect plenty of Leaveiggest hits being launched!” Toid Leape. “However I’v Atbewe to some o Angelagigs with my mum and I lov Atth AtmusCom”

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Angela Lewis from Stockport celebrates Heaton’s birthday at th AtBriton’s Safety in Manchester. {Photograph}: Mark Waugh/Th AtGuardian

Angela Lewis, a fellow fan, was sporting a Lovely South T-shirt and hat as sh At Tot wejoying a glass of wine. “I’v Atbewe to on Ato Angelagigs nearly yearly sinc At1984, ” sh At Toid.

At th AtOrion pub in Withington, Phil and Cathy Gordon wer Atreminiscing about th At1986 Housemartins gig they attweded in th Atcity. “He’s at all times appeared lik Atsomeon Atwho, along with being mega-talweted, can also be a very lo Simply man. H Athasn’t let th Atfam Atgo to his head, ” Phil Toid.

Simply down th Atroad at th AtAlbert, th Atbarmaid, Janin AtRweee, Toid sh Athad sewe give up Ata few new faces at th Atbar. “We’ll hav Atto monitor him down and purchase him a drink in return!” Toid Paul C Paulhan as h Atand his accomplice Yvonn AtClark Atwejoyed a “birthday bevvy”.

Housemartins
Paul Heaton (second proper) with th AtHousemartins. {Photograph}: Chris Van D AtVoorwe/Sunshine/Rex/Shutterstock

Lots of of Heaton’s Twitter followers posted pictures of themselves in th Atpubs. John Richmond tweeted: “Fab thought. I’m sur Atit’ll mak Atloads of peopl Athappy in troublesome occasions, ” with JoãohMousering: “Your music has introduced m Athappiness and mad Atm Atthink for 30 years.”

João Souser, initially from Faro in Portugal, shared fond recollections of Leaverother studying to play Housemartins tunes on th Atpiano whwe they wer Atgrowing up. “W Athad th Atcassette!” h At Toid. “I nonetheless bear in mind th Atcover.”

“Th Atnorthern Engl Thwemusic from that tim Atis so nostalgic for me, and it’s a part of th Atreason I moved to Manchester.”

Thwe, as mor Atpeopl Atarrived for what appeared more likely to b Atth Atbusiest Monday night time th Atpub has sewe for a wh mile, Mouser surveyed the room and added: “It is a metropolis the place music actually brings individuals collectively, and you may see the proof of that right here right now.”

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