Mayor banned from all his local pubs

The Northern Echo: Tony Cooke Tony Cooke

A TOWN mayor has been banned from the majority of the pubs in the area where he lives after a row with a landlord took another twist.

Teesdale Pub Watch yesterday confirmed it had imposed a 12-month ban on Councillor Tony Cooke, mayor of Barnard Castle, after he was allegedly rude to staff at The Beaconsfield pub, in the town, last year, while ordering a pint of shandy.

As a result of the ban, Coun Cooke will be barred from the 30-plus pubs in Teesdale that are members of the scheme.

Pub Watch agreed to the ban exactly a year after Coun Cooke was alleged to have been rude to Andy and Sue Hill, landlords of the Beaconsfield, and their staff, at a buffet following the town’s annual Aviation Day.

The Hills complained to Barnard Castle Town Council and banned the mayor from the pub.

Coun Cooke denies any wrongdoing, but agreed to write a letter to the Hills for any perceived slight against staff.

However, the Hills rejected the apology.

Mrs Hill said: “We did receive a letter and it wasn’t an apology outright, it was an apology for any perceived slight. You can’t apologise for something in one sentence and say you have done nothing wrong in the next.”

A meeting of the Teesdale Pub Watch took place on Wednesday night, with the majority of the 20 members voting in favour of banning Coun Cooke.

Morris Race, chairman of Teesdale Pub Watch, said: “We follow national guidelines that say if anyone is on our premises and is behaving in an abusive way to our staff or customers, we have the power to ban them.

“It doesn’t matter if that person is the mayor, the chief constable or anyone else.”

Coun Cooke declined to comment until he had received formal notification of the ban.

A spokesman from Barnard Castle Town Council said: “It is of serious concern that the decision was based on an alleged incident of exactly a year ago and that Pub Watch presumably chose to reach their decision without receiving any evidence from or on behalf of Councillor Cooke.”

Kevin Tuck, Neighbourhood Inspector for Teesdale, Weardale and Crook, said: “The decision to bar the mayor for 12 months was taken by the (Pub Watch) members, who were present, and the matter has at no time been subject to police investigation or inquiry.”

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12:41pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Barney2009 says...

Let the truth be known!

So the Beaconsfield have reneged on there promise!

They said that if there was an apology the mayor would be allowed to be served again.

The mayor did apologies for something he was alleged he had done, there was no proof what so ever that the accusations made where true so what else was he going to do!

In fact this original accusation was most likely falsified by other members of the council spearheaded by one member who is renowned for causing trouble to other councillor if he doesn't get his way (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE COS YOU AS THICK AS A "PLANK"! DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND RESIGN YOU IDIOT)

Shame on the Hills for being taken in by said idiot, I wonder what that person promised you!

If the pub watch members uphold this ruling then they also must be idiots, when do you know was the last time some one was band from a pub for ordering a drink, LOL that means we should all be barred!
Let the truth be known! So the Beaconsfield have reneged on there promise! They said that if there was an apology the mayor would be allowed to be served again. The mayor did apologies for something he was alleged he had done, there was no proof what so ever that the accusations made where true so what else was he going to do! In fact this original accusation was most likely falsified by other members of the council spearheaded by one member who is renowned for causing trouble to other councillor if he doesn't get his way (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE COS YOU AS THICK AS A "PLANK"! DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND RESIGN YOU IDIOT) Shame on the Hills for being taken in by said idiot, I wonder what that person promised you! If the pub watch members uphold this ruling then they also must be idiots, when do you know was the last time some one was band from a pub for ordering a drink, LOL that means we should all be barred! Barney2009
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9:54pm Fri 8 Jul 11

Jolly Roger says...

Well to lillte to late comes to mind.

The Mayor might have said sorry, but without conviction.

So I cannot understand why he is still mayor when he brought Barnie into disrepute.
Well to lillte to late comes to mind. The Mayor might have said sorry, but without conviction. So I cannot understand why he is still mayor when he brought Barnie into disrepute. Jolly Roger
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9:06pm Sat 9 Jul 11

coco pops says...

The apology was given ,that should have been the end of the matter but maybe Coun Cooke was supposed to grovel and still be banned ??
If someone is stirring up trouble then they should remember "what goes around comes around"
The apology was given ,that should have been the end of the matter but maybe Coun Cooke was supposed to grovel and still be banned ?? If someone is stirring up trouble then they should remember "what goes around comes around" coco pops
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11:06pm Sat 9 Jul 11

suehill1972 says...

if you were at the meetings and you have seen a copy of the letter we received from tony cooke then you will know he has never said sorry for the incidence in the beaconsfield so please only comment if you know the facts - and comment 1) where you are getting your information from is beyound me i really dont know who you are referring too and i dont think you do either, you step out of line in a public house i have every right to refuse and bar you from my premises would you tollerate this behaviour in your public house i think not!!!!!!!!!!!
if you were at the meetings and you have seen a copy of the letter we received from tony cooke then you will know he has never said sorry for the incidence in the beaconsfield so please only comment if you know the facts - and comment 1) where you are getting your information from is beyound me i really dont know who you are referring too and i dont think you do either, you step out of line in a public house i have every right to refuse and bar you from my premises would you tollerate this behaviour in your public house i think not!!!!!!!!!!! suehill1972
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5:29pm Mon 11 Jul 11

Barney2009 says...

The information comes from a very reliable source, the whole thing is extremely fishy and does not look in a good light for the Beaconsfield due to the involvement of the before mentioned idiot, when he is involved then you know there is something dodgy.

You've got yourself caught up with people whose characters are a million times worse than the Mayors will ever be, they should be ashamed of themselves.

BTW Jolly Roger This is an accusation that hasn't be proven, there word against his, "Innocent until proven guilty", not the other way round as this sham of a story is conveyed. Therefore why should he say sorry?

Due to said idiot and on that basis alone, I know whose story I would believe and it is not the Beaconsfield.
The information comes from a very reliable source, the whole thing is extremely fishy and does not look in a good light for the Beaconsfield due to the involvement of the before mentioned idiot, when he is involved then you know there is something dodgy. You've got yourself caught up with people whose characters are a million times worse than the Mayors will ever be, they should be ashamed of themselves. BTW Jolly Roger This is an accusation that hasn't be proven, there word against his, "Innocent until proven guilty", not the other way round as this sham of a story is conveyed. Therefore why should he say sorry? Due to said idiot and on that basis alone, I know whose story I would believe and it is not the Beaconsfield. Barney2009
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10:09pm Thu 14 Jul 11

Dean M says...

He is allegedly rude to the bar staff in The Beaconsfield, he writes a letter of apology (even though he disputes he was rude), yet not only is he barred from this pub, but from all the pubs in Barny in this scheme, for a full year.
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This is completely ridiculous and over the top. There has to be more to this than meets the eye, so I suspect barney2009 may have a point.
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He could have just been thrown out of The Beaconsfield and left at that. If I'm overheard telling a sexist or racist joke in there, will the Hills ban me and arrange for me to be banned from all the pubs in Barney for a year? I won't risk it, I won't drink in there.
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As Mr Fawlty once said 'This is exactly how Nazi Germany started'!
He is allegedly rude to the bar staff in The Beaconsfield, he writes a letter of apology (even though he disputes he was rude), yet not only is he barred from this pub, but from all the pubs in Barny in this scheme, for a full year. . This is completely ridiculous and over the top. There has to be more to this than meets the eye, so I suspect barney2009 may have a point. . He could have just been thrown out of The Beaconsfield and left at that. If I'm overheard telling a sexist or racist joke in there, will the Hills ban me and arrange for me to be banned from all the pubs in Barney for a year? I won't risk it, I won't drink in there. . As Mr Fawlty once said 'This is exactly how Nazi Germany started'! Dean M
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