REGULARS at an historic pub have delivered sacks full of Christmas toys to a local children's ward.

The gifts, all new, were given by the Britannia Inn, on Archer Street, Darlington, to the paediatric ward at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

The pub's loyal drinkers donated all the presents.

“We tend to have an older clientele and they’re very conscious of how difficult it must be for children to be in hospital at Christmas,” said Jonty Watson, joint manager of the Britannia.

“Our customers have been incredibly generous.”

Staff and customers also hold fundraising events throughout the year, particularly for the Tuberous Sclerosis Association.

The Britannia building was built in 1830 as a private house and still retains much of the appearance and layout of that. It was the birthplace of teetotal 19th century publisher JM Dent, the creator of the Everyman's Library series.

It became a pub in 1858, one of the town's oldest hostelries, and still has a traditional feel. It is now a grade II-listed building.