Penketh pub reopens following flood

Warrington Guardian: Andrew Mulholland at the bar Andrew Mulholland at the bar

A PUB crippled by severe flooding has re-opened after the community came together to help.

The Ferry Tavern, Station Road, Cuerdley, opened again on Sunday after residents helped with repairs, cleaning and decorating.

Many messages of support were sent on Facebook and Twitter.

Landlord Andrew Mulholland said: “We cannot thank people enough for the support they have given.

“We have always proudly shouted about the fact we are a genuine community pub but we were overwhelmed by the kindness of family, staff, customers, local businesses and people from the community.

“There is a hell of a lot to be said for community spirit – the support that we have had is unbelievable.”

Mr Mulholland, aged 36, has now moved back into the flat above the pub with partner Jade and newborn son Charlie.

The bar is open, but the kitchen is still closed.

As revealed in the Warrington Guardian, the family were forced to leave their home after severe weather on December 5 saw banks of the Mersey burst and flood the pub.

Mr Mulholland criticised Warrington Borough Council after claiming he was refused sandbags when attempting to prevent the flood.

The council said it attempted to get sandbags to the location, but by the time a team arrived decided it was not safe to enter.

He is now hoping business gets back to usual.

“It couldn’t have come at a worse time of year for us, our first child was born on the Sunday and this happened on the Thursday,” said Mr Mulholland.

“There was no damage to the building itself, it was mostly furniture and stock that we lost.

“However, it is coming up to the busiest time of year for us and with insurers not covering us for any loss of business it is critical that we can resume normal business as soon as possible.”

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8:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river...

This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey.

The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty.

If he doesn't like it, he can always move.


As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention?

Pathetic.
Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river... This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey. The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty. If he doesn't like it, he can always move. As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention? Pathetic. bangersandmash1

8:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chips&beans says...

To bangersandmash1, ignorance is bliss!!
Your comment just shows your ignorance & stupidity! The ferry does not flood every year, if you have actually taken the time to look around the pub you would of noticed the previous flood marker was 2006.
To some people it isn't just a pub, it's not just a job, it's not somewhere to just have a drink, both staff & customers are friends, drink & talk together. Maybe this is something you don't understand due to your blatant ignorance.
I was brought to believe that if you don't have something nice to say than don't say it, maybe you should exercise this saying.
To bangersandmash1, ignorance is bliss!! Your comment just shows your ignorance & stupidity! The ferry does not flood every year, if you have actually taken the time to look around the pub you would of noticed the previous flood marker was 2006. To some people it isn't just a pub, it's not just a job, it's not somewhere to just have a drink, both staff & customers are friends, drink & talk together. Maybe this is something you don't understand due to your blatant ignorance. I was brought to believe that if you don't have something nice to say than don't say it, maybe you should exercise this saying. Chips&beans

8:58pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

Ok, so it was 2006, big woop, my point is still valid and he should still prepare!

If you were brought up to believe that maybe you shouldn't have access to the internet, an open forum with freedom of speech, perhaps printed type will suit you better.

Idiot.
Ok, so it was 2006, big woop, my point is still valid and he should still prepare! If you were brought up to believe that maybe you shouldn't have access to the internet, an open forum with freedom of speech, perhaps printed type will suit you better. Idiot. bangersandmash1

9:47pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chips&beans says...

I'll re-iterate again, ignorance is bliss. Internet & open public forums are a marvellous invention, it magnifies the stupidity of people like yourself!
I'll re-iterate again, ignorance is bliss. Internet & open public forums are a marvellous invention, it magnifies the stupidity of people like yourself! Chips&beans

9:50pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

It also helps highlight the stupidity of a guy who owns a pub thats prone to flooding acting surprised when his pub floods and how stupid his little internet chums are.

It's all down to matter of opinion, and my opinion is just as valid as yours.
Enjoy your chips and beans mate, I doubt the ferry will be able to cook that meal up for sometime.
It also helps highlight the stupidity of a guy who owns a pub thats prone to flooding acting surprised when his pub floods and how stupid his little internet chums are. It's all down to matter of opinion, and my opinion is just as valid as yours. Enjoy your chips and beans mate, I doubt the ferry will be able to cook that meal up for sometime. bangersandmash1

10:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Chips&beans says...

Andy the landlord was trying to get across the point that WBC would not help by delivering sandbags, he knew that it wouldnt of stopped the flooding but hoped they would help, not trying to tell a "sob story" as you seem to think, there was also a 4 day old baby involved in this.
I hope if you or your home or your family (if you have one) are ever in need I hope you get treated with the same compassion as you've shown!
Andy the landlord was trying to get across the point that WBC would not help by delivering sandbags, he knew that it wouldnt of stopped the flooding but hoped they would help, not trying to tell a "sob story" as you seem to think, there was also a 4 day old baby involved in this. I hope if you or your home or your family (if you have one) are ever in need I hope you get treated with the same compassion as you've shown! Chips&beans

10:32pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

TLDR, Goodnight Brah.
TLDR, Goodnight Brah. bangersandmash1

10:37pm Thu 19 Dec 13

JOHNNYMAX888 says...

Oh look what we have here.. a very sad individual commenting on something they know absolutely nothing about. Keyboard warrior springs to mind!!! I'd get my facts right before commenting on something you know nothing about.

Bangersandmash1 you sir are a idiot.
Oh look what we have here.. a very sad individual commenting on something they know absolutely nothing about. Keyboard warrior springs to mind!!! I'd get my facts right before commenting on something you know nothing about. Bangersandmash1 you sir are a idiot. JOHNNYMAX888

10:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Higherpenkethmanc says...

I think you will find bangersandmash that this is a very popular pub, which has bounced back when many would have just crumbled. This article was to show the community spirit is still alive which I for one am very pleased to hear. As for the council at that time they did not know how high the water would have come and if it had only been a small amount the sand bags would have helped. These are honest hard working people who need to make a living to survive so not sure how you can slate them, if it was an article about them claiming benefits as they couldn't make money I'm sure you would have moaned about that as well. Well done Ferry Tavern for getting back open and to everyone that helped. Maybe bangersandmash should use their time a bit more wisely.
I think you will find bangersandmash that this is a very popular pub, which has bounced back when many would have just crumbled. This article was to show the community spirit is still alive which I for one am very pleased to hear. As for the council at that time they did not know how high the water would have come and if it had only been a small amount the sand bags would have helped. These are honest hard working people who need to make a living to survive so not sure how you can slate them, if it was an article about them claiming benefits as they couldn't make money I'm sure you would have moaned about that as well. Well done Ferry Tavern for getting back open and to everyone that helped. Maybe bangersandmash should use their time a bit more wisely. Higherpenkethmanc

10:54pm Thu 19 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

JOHNNYMAX888 wrote:
Oh look what we have here.. a very sad individual commenting on something they know absolutely nothing about. Keyboard warrior springs to mind!!! I'd get my facts right before commenting on something you know nothing about.

Bangersandmash1 you sir are a idiot.
*an idiot. ;)
[quote][p][bold]JOHNNYMAX888[/bold] wrote: Oh look what we have here.. a very sad individual commenting on something they know absolutely nothing about. Keyboard warrior springs to mind!!! I'd get my facts right before commenting on something you know nothing about. Bangersandmash1 you sir are a idiot.[/p][/quote]*an idiot. ;) bangersandmash1

12:06am Fri 20 Dec 13

JollyRoger999 says...

bangersandmash1 wrote:
Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river...

This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey.

The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty.

If he doesn't like it, he can always move.


As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention?

Pathetic.
@bangersandmash1. Your point is indeed valid. I agree that each and every troll reserves the right to freedom of speech and the internet provides a relatively unmonitored and open environment for the opinions of the uninformed to flourish without being challenged. From the perspective of a non 'little internet chum', but decent individual nonetheless, I think this must have been quite a traumatic experience for all those involved. Upon reading all of your comments, It seems you have misinterpreted the article's main intention, which I believe is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of a hard-working community and the achievements which can be produced by a small team of individuals when faced with a genuine local crisis. Surely this is something to congratulate rather than poke fun at. The purpose of the article was not to berate the council, but simply point out that sandbags could perhaps have been provided earlier and been put in place as a preventative measure. The council do provide this service for people who pay council tax, but seemingly failed on this occasion. Your misguided comments relating to prices and the previous occupations of individuals are insignificant in contrast to the volumes of kind support received by local community members. It's sad that kindness and community are words seemingly not within your own vocabulary, but negative sentiments such as 'pathetic', 'stupidity' and 'idiot' (your words) - clearly are. If your dwelling (whichever metaphorical rock that may be situated underneath) was subjected to a flood of this magnitude - Would your own friends, neighbours, family members and community be there to help you?
[quote][p][bold]bangersandmash1[/bold] wrote: Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river... This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey. The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty. If he doesn't like it, he can always move. As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention? Pathetic.[/p][/quote]@bangersandmash1. Your point is indeed valid. I agree that each and every troll reserves the right to freedom of speech and the internet provides a relatively unmonitored and open environment for the opinions of the uninformed to flourish without being challenged. From the perspective of a non 'little internet chum', but decent individual nonetheless, I think this must have been quite a traumatic experience for all those involved. Upon reading all of your comments, It seems you have misinterpreted the article's main intention, which I believe is an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of a hard-working community and the achievements which can be produced by a small team of individuals when faced with a genuine local crisis. Surely this is something to congratulate rather than poke fun at. The purpose of the article was not to berate the council, but simply point out that sandbags could perhaps have been provided earlier and been put in place as a preventative measure. The council do provide this service for people who pay council tax, but seemingly failed on this occasion. Your misguided comments relating to prices and the previous occupations of individuals are insignificant in contrast to the volumes of kind support received by local community members. It's sad that kindness and community are words seemingly not within your own vocabulary, but negative sentiments such as 'pathetic', 'stupidity' and 'idiot' (your words) - clearly are. If your dwelling (whichever metaphorical rock that may be situated underneath) was subjected to a flood of this magnitude - Would your own friends, neighbours, family members and community be there to help you? JollyRoger999

12:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

Kid from the Keth says...

Bangers and Mash... Feeling safe and secure behind your anonymous identity in your non consequential environment?

Good luck in life!! You'll need it with an attitude like yours!!
Bangers and Mash... Feeling safe and secure behind your anonymous identity in your non consequential environment? Good luck in life!! You'll need it with an attitude like yours!! Kid from the Keth

12:34am Fri 20 Dec 13

Kid from the Keth says...

Oh and your comments are on a score of -16 so far... #Winner
Oh and your comments are on a score of -16 so far... #Winner Kid from the Keth

11:06am Fri 20 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

Kid from the Keth wrote:
Bangers and Mash... Feeling safe and secure behind your anonymous identity in your non consequential environment?

Good luck in life!! You'll need it with an attitude like yours!!
Yep, as safe as houses on the banks of the mersey.
[quote][p][bold]Kid from the Keth[/bold] wrote: Bangers and Mash... Feeling safe and secure behind your anonymous identity in your non consequential environment? Good luck in life!! You'll need it with an attitude like yours!![/p][/quote]Yep, as safe as houses on the banks of the mersey. bangersandmash1

2:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

GRUMPY PARENT says...

How damaged does an aluminium barrel of beer get? Maybe you should have barricaded the doors with some dry roasted nuts. There is a reason why no one will insure these premises against flooding I wonder why that is! Live in a pub next to the Mersey expect to get wet now and then, and to all the knobs above go down to the Ferry tonight and drown your sorrows over a beer LITERALLY.
Still Grumpy but dry and looking forward to the thumbs down.
How damaged does an aluminium barrel of beer get? Maybe you should have barricaded the doors with some dry roasted nuts. There is a reason why no one will insure these premises against flooding I wonder why that is! Live in a pub next to the Mersey expect to get wet now and then, and to all the knobs above go down to the Ferry tonight and drown your sorrows over a beer LITERALLY. Still Grumpy but dry and looking forward to the thumbs down. GRUMPY PARENT

4:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

humphump7 says...

I challenge bangersandmash1 to reveal himself and have the balls to air his opinions to the landlord, staff, customers and all those who have helped get this community asset up and running in such a short period of time???

No? Thought not.
I challenge bangersandmash1 to reveal himself and have the balls to air his opinions to the landlord, staff, customers and all those who have helped get this community asset up and running in such a short period of time??? No? Thought not. humphump7

6:10pm Fri 20 Dec 13

fishandchips666 says...

Haha this is so funny. In one corner we have a guy with an obvious grudge against the ferry. In the other we have humphump7 who obviously works there (no prizes for guessing who lol). Two opinions at extreme ends of the spectrum. I'm with 99% of the population who really couldn't care less about pubs, they are a dying trade. Get a grip people its a PUB not the Sistine Chapel! It's going to flood, it's next to a river, doh! Come on Warrington Guardian, this is not news!
Haha this is so funny. In one corner we have a guy with an obvious grudge against the ferry. In the other we have humphump7 who obviously works there (no prizes for guessing who lol). Two opinions at extreme ends of the spectrum. I'm with 99% of the population who really couldn't care less about pubs, they are a dying trade. Get a grip people its a PUB not the Sistine Chapel! It's going to flood, it's next to a river, doh! Come on Warrington Guardian, this is not news! fishandchips666

12:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

MAD 4 IT says...

ONE DAY THIS PUB WILL "FLOAT" DOWN THE MERSEY !
ONE DAY THIS PUB WILL "FLOAT" DOWN THE MERSEY ! MAD 4 IT

7:42am Sat 21 Dec 13

connoisseur says...

bangersandmash1 wrote:
Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river...

This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey.

The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty.

If he doesn't like it, he can always move.


As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention?

Pathetic.
What sort of moron ruins good whisky by swamping it with coke? Absolute sacrilege! Sounds like you shouldn't be allowed in good pubs. Pathetic!
[quote][p][bold]bangersandmash1[/bold] wrote: Because sandbags would really help, y'know against a river... This happens almost every year and he knows full well that it is most likely going to happen, granted the council are not the best but really, what do you expect owning a pub next to the banks of the river mersey. The sob story is made even more insulting by claiming that he needs the money this time of year the most, with the prices that pub charges a double whisky and coke will line his pockets a plenty. If he doesn't like it, he can always move. As an ex officer of the law surely he knows that preparation is the best form of prevention? Pathetic.[/p][/quote]What sort of moron ruins good whisky by swamping it with coke? Absolute sacrilege! Sounds like you shouldn't be allowed in good pubs. Pathetic! connoisseur

1:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

stupot0041 says...

I just find it a bit strange that on the photo the landlord proudly displays all the flood levels over the past years but was ill prepared for the latest one and expected the council to save him. It's great that the community helped out but I think to blame the council for this is a bit much, surely you're intelligent enough to work out a plan and buy provisions to face the next inevitable flooding.
I just find it a bit strange that on the photo the landlord proudly displays all the flood levels over the past years but was ill prepared for the latest one and expected the council to save him. It's great that the community helped out but I think to blame the council for this is a bit much, surely you're intelligent enough to work out a plan and buy provisions to face the next inevitable flooding. stupot0041

8:24pm Sat 21 Dec 13

bangersandmash1 says...

stupot0041 wrote:
I just find it a bit strange that on the photo the landlord proudly displays all the flood levels over the past years but was ill prepared for the latest one and expected the council to save him. It's great that the community helped out but I think to blame the council for this is a bit much, surely you're intelligent enough to work out a plan and buy provisions to face the next inevitable flooding.
What that guy said.
[quote][p][bold]stupot0041[/bold] wrote: I just find it a bit strange that on the photo the landlord proudly displays all the flood levels over the past years but was ill prepared for the latest one and expected the council to save him. It's great that the community helped out but I think to blame the council for this is a bit much, surely you're intelligent enough to work out a plan and buy provisions to face the next inevitable flooding.[/p][/quote]What that guy said. bangersandmash1

3:08am Sun 22 Dec 13

garethpjones says...

I'm feeling quite hungry after this re-heated debate between 'bangersandmash' and 'fishandchips'.
I'm feeling quite hungry after this re-heated debate between 'bangersandmash' and 'fishandchips'. garethpjones

1:25pm Fri 3 Jan 14

pieandchips123 says...

Here is a helpful hint to humphump. GET SOME SANDBAGS and protect the pub early for once. This will stop you all whining when you get flooded again this weekend and blame the council again.
Here is a helpful hint to humphump. GET SOME SANDBAGS and protect the pub early for once. This will stop you all whining when you get flooded again this weekend and blame the council again. pieandchips123

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