Teapot reward for 60 years of custom at the Crown
SIXTY years of enjoying the cup that cheers turned into a special teapot for Blandford resident John Paulley.
Staff at the town's Crown Hotel decided to mark Mr Paulley's loyal custom when he called in for his regular Saturday morning tea-break by presenting him with an engraved teapot.
Francesca Bethell, events executive at the Hall and Woodhouse Crown Hotel, said: "Mr Paulley pops in every Saturday morning for tea and we all love to chat with him.
"He mentioned recently that it would be 60 years on 1st September that he has been coming in and we felt we should mark it in a special way.
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"We presented him with a teapot and a card promising him a free pot of tea forever.
"He was really surprised and touched by it and is looking forward to many more years of a Saturday morning cup of tea at the Crown."
She added: "He's been involved with a lot of things in Blandford for so many years and people call in to see him because they know they'll find him here every Saturday morning."
Clare del Gallo, front of house manager of the Crown, said: "The whole team look forward to Mr Paulley's arrival every Saturday morning as he is always full of wonderful stories and is a pleasure to talk to."