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Blood relatives' half a century pulling pints

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

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A HAYLE man is celebrating half a century of pulling pints behind the bar of one of the town's oldest drinking establishments.

Rick Shackleton, who runs the 18th-century Bucket of Blood in Churchtown Road in Phillack, is St Austell Brewery's longest-serving tenant, having worked there since his parents Dick and Ida took over in 1963.

Mr Shackleton, 68, said: "Things have changed a lot – in many ways the town and the industry are unrecognisable.

"It certainly hasn't got any easier running a pub, there are plenty of challenges and lots of tenants don't make it nowadays. There's no point despairing when things get hard though, you just all muck in and carry on.

"We still enjoy ourselves every day. The whole family are looking forward to celebrating our anniversary – here's to the next 50 years."

The pub, where an estimated two million pints have been pulled in the past 50 years, employs Rick and his wife Sue's son Philip, and Philip's 21-year-old daughter Alannah.

On Saturday the family are hosting a party for the community with a hog roast and reduced prices at the pumps.

Ken Ascott, from St Austell Brewery, said: "It is a rare thing in this day and age to have so many generations dedicated to a pub.

"I'll certainly be raising a glass to them on the big day."

It is said the name originated about 200 years ago when the landlord went outside to draw water from the well and found it to be bright red – as a corpse had been thrown down the shaft.

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  • jimjams2011  |  March 22 2013, 7:38PM

    You have to ask how this pub, where the staff in it are particually rude and where the pub is often empty are getting the money for the flash cars they keep in the carpark right at that back!