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Regulars at a Bolton pub have gathered to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as her funeral takes place today, Monday.

The Duke of Wellington at Chew Moor opened its doors and held a buffet for its patrons to allow the public to raise a glass to the late monarch, who died aged 96 on Thursday, September 9.

St John’s Road boozer landlord, Adam Griffiths, was concerned that older people in the area would feel lonely on the day, so decided to organize the event.

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The pub opened at 10am, serving drinks to its customers, as well as bringing out food including jam and cream scones, sandwiches, cake and sausage rolls.

The Bolton News: Adam Griffiths, Landlord at the Duke of Wellington's
Landlord to Adam Griffiths, Duke of Wellington

Adam said: “A few people said they were interested. People don’t want to be themselves to see it.

“The food comes out at 12 o’clock.

“When I took over this pub on May 23, I tried to make it a community pub.

“Many locals feel the village pub has been reclaimed.

“We’re families coming together. We’re aiming for families and the community.”

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He said: “It brings people together on a sad day. Our plan is to make sure people don’t feel alone.

“We had a lady on the day the Queen died, and she was in floods of tears, it was really sad.”

The pub’s manager, Amanada Blinkhorn, said: “Everyone said it was a pleasure to come and get along.

“Kids too, kids are enjoying it. It doesn’t feel bad.

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“A lady named Janice made a sconce especially for us. Grandma Jill made the cakes, she was Adam’s son’s friend’s grandma, so part of the family.

“And I made sandwiches.

“We didn’t expect so many people to be fair, every table was full so it was great, especially this early.”

Katie and Andrea Walker, aged 36 and 60 respectively, have been going to the pub for around 20 years.

Katie said: “It’s bringing the community together so people can’t stay at home on their own.

“I live alone, so it’s nice to get out.”

Andrea said: “This is our local, we’ve been coming here for 20 years, there’s always something going on for special occasions.

“People have all come together, it’s a good feeling.

The Bolton News: Duke of Wellington at Choo MoorDuke of Wellington at Choo Moor

“We have funerals, weddings, parties here.

“He (Adam) is the new landlord and has completely turned it around. They make everyone feel welcome.”

Katie and Andrea both appreciated the good weather and food on the day.

Nigel Stokes, one of the regulars at the pub, said: “I thought it was fitting for the occasion.

“Adam has done a great job and deserves the support.

“It’s a very rural place, catering to people in the village.”

Adam’s son John Murphy-Griffiths said: “It’s great to be around the family and celebrate.

“It’s very modest, but that’s what you expect.

“I didn’t think it would affect me as much as it did, she was steady. I didn’t think I’d be bothered at all.”

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