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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Archive's you couldn't make it up dept.

ENTIRE PUB STOLEN -
A MARQUEE hire boss is feeling deflated after thieves did a runner with his £5500 blow-up pub.
Joe Baillie hired out the 20ft by 20ft PVC inflatable boozer, called the Jaggy Bunnet, for an event at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.
But when his staff went to collect it afterwards, it had vanished.
Joe said: "The pub weighs around 350 kilos, so someone couldn't just have stuck it under their arm and walked off. It would take four or five guys to move it." 

"It's a bizarre thing to steal, as it would be almost impossible to hire out without us hearing about it.
"It could possibly be turned into a Santa's grotto - or someone might simply put it up in their back garden."
Joe described the blow-up bar, which can hold 50 people, as "a real crowd-puller" and "the closest thing to a real country pub".
It boasts an imitation tiled roof and chimney pots and brickwork decor.
Inside, there are mock Tudor beams, and, oddly, a dartboard.
But darts are banned, for obvious reasons.
A police spokesman said: "We are investigating after an inflatable pub marquee was stolen from the Royal Highland Showground.
"The incident happened between 8pm on Sunday, August 1 and 9am on Monday, August 2. "Anyone with information that can assist with our enquiries should contact police immediately."

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