Northampton pub hosts ceremony to re-open its formerly grotty toilets...and gets Bernie to do the honours

Bernie Keith opens the toilets at the Pomfret Arms
Bernie Keith opens the toilets at the Pomfret Arms

A Northampton pub invited a BBC radio presenter to cut the ribbon on its formerly ‘grotty’ bogs.

The Pomfret Arms, in Cotton End, came up with the stunt after recently having the toilets refurbished.

Co-owner Barney Felce said: “It was just for a laugh, really, but we did want to let our regulars know they’d been done up - they were pretty grotty.”

Wanting to make a fuss, staff contacted BBC Radio Northampton’s Bernie Keith and cheekily asked if he’d like to cut the ribbon.

After Mr Keith had called the pub on air to say - jokingly - that he had never been so insulted, he later agreed to the unusual request.

At the ‘grand re-opening’, Mr Keith gave a speech and barman Roger Balfour christened the new urinals with some champagne.

“It was glorious!,” Mr Felce said.

The event was rounded off with a quiz, with the old hand drier and toilet roll holder being given as a booby prize.

The winners left feeling flush, however, getting £200 in cash.