Monday 18 November 2019

A pint and a vote, please, landlord

The Hare and Hounds in the Wiltshire village of Corsham
The Hare and Hounds in the Wiltshire village of Corsham

A pub has proved popular with voters after being converted into a polling station for the day.

The Hare and Hounds, in Corsham, Wiltshire, has been used as a polling station since 2010 and many voters enjoy a pint after casting their ballot.

Landlord Mark Foster, 41, is licensed to serve alcohol at the pub from 8am, an hour after voting begins, but began at 11am today.

"This is the fourth time that this pub has been used, it was first used in 2010," he said.

"It is extremely popular, it is in the heart of the community and very well-known.

"Having a polling station here makes it accessible for voters - it is an easy place to find, with a big car park.

"Of course it is always nice to stop for a drink after voting too."

The pub will close at 11pm - an hour after polling stations shut across the country.

Matthew Dean, 43, a local resident, said the pub was in a target seat for the Conservative Party.

He said: "The pub is lovely - it has car parking, it is warm, it is undercover.

"There's no question that it encourages people to vote. It is so accessible to people here and that's really important.

"It gives people that boost to drive up and vote and maybe enjoy a drink after."

Mr Dean was outside the pub with councillor Alan McRae in support of Conservative candidate Michelle Donelan.

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