ICONIC musician Paul Heaton has announced exciting plans to mark his 60th birthday tomorrow – and it involves free drinks for people across 60 UK locations, including here in the North East.

After originally planning to celebrate his big birthday with a bicycle and performing tour, which would have seen him take in 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland, the Northern singer, who featured in The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, had to alter his plans at last minute and has now revealed a more generous proposal.

Taking to social media last night (May 7), the singer-songwriter sent fans into a frenzy by announcing that he would be putting money behind the bar of 60 pubs for people to enjoy “before the money runs out or the bar runs dry”.

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He then proceeded to share the names of each pub that would feature in this list, which includes The Half Moon on Northgate, Darlington, as well as Tanners Arms on Byker Bridge and The Freetrade Inn on Lawrence Road, both in Newcastle.

Others on the 60-long list include pubs in Liverpool, Manchester, three in Hull and several across Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

Posting on social media, the popstar explained that the generous offer is to “bring people together” and give fans a “wee party, as we come out of covid and hit potential financial struggles.  

The Northern Echo: Paul Heaton, famous for his hit songs for The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, enjoying a drink. Picture: PAUL HEATON.Paul Heaton, famous for his hit songs for The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, enjoying a drink. Picture: PAUL HEATON.

The post read: “To celebrate my 60th birthday (on Monday 9th May) I’d originally intended to do another bicycle tour, visiting & performing at 60 pubs across the UK & Ireland. However, due to recording delays caused by the pandemic, I’ve had to shelve these plans for the time being.

“Instead, I’ve decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick 60 pubs across the UK and Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one.

“Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me (until the money runs out, or the pub runs dry).

“The hope is to bring people together on the day, whilst recognising that many folk who bought my records or showed me support over the years, could do with a week party, as we come out of covid and hit potential financial struggles.”

So, there we have it – get yourself to the pub tomorrow and have a drink on Paul Heaton!  

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