Be paid to drink!

When his father couldn't find anyone to enjoy a pint with, Jack Hammond's son decided to buy one for him.

A friend, that is, not a pint.

He has put a notice in the local post office advertising for someone to accompany his elderly father to the pub twice a week.

The successful applicant will get £7 an hour plus expenses and the promise of excellent conversation with 88-year-old Mr Hammond, a retired engineer.


'It's a bit difficult at this age to go out to a pub on your own,' Mr Hammond said.

'I don't want to be a nuisance. It was a bit upsetting when I had to leave as I left all my friends back home.

'I'd like to go down the pub a couple of times a week. But it's got to be with somebody who is not too bombastic and enjoys a nice pint.'


Possible topics of conversation include the Second World War, in which Mr Hammond served as a radar engineer in Bombay and Kuala Lumpur, and the day-to-day trials of running a power station.

Preston North End Football Club is another big talking point.
Full story here.

So, anyone fancy going for a pint with the old soldier?
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