Otley to star in TV series on Historic Pubs
One of Otley’s most historic pubs together with Otley Pub Club are to appear in the next BBC TV Hairy Bikers series entitled ‘The Pubs That Built Britain’. The series will visit villages, towns and cities across Britain to reveal the fascinating and surprising stories linked to our pubs.
The Black Bull in Otley’s Market square, which is one of the oldest in Otley dating back to the 1600s, was the location of filming last month for an episode which focuses on the English Civil War period. The pub was reputedly drunk dry by Oliver Cromwell’s troops on the eve of the battle of Marston Moor near York in July 1644. In the series presenters of The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers, meet local experts and the passionate landlords and loyal customers keeping our pubs alive. A BBC spokesperson said: “Since the earliest times pubs, inns and taverns have been at the heart of our communities. They’ve witnessed some historically explosive moments and played an extraordinary role in the lives of our national heroes and anti-heroes. “Today pubs need all the support they can get or we are in danger of losing these important epicentres of local history. With this series we are hoping to relight people’s passion and interest in pubs and garner more support for them across the country.”
The TV programme contacted Otley Pub Club and the club’s vice-chairman Barry Tomlinson and president Greg Mulholland were both interviewed about the club’s success in promoting the town’s pubs and protecting several from potential closure. As well as the historic appeal of Otley pubs such as the Black Bull, Si and Dave were interested in Otley Pub Club’s campaign to get more protection for pubs by getting all Otley’s pub registered as Assets of Community Value.
Barry Tomlinson commented: “We are delighted that the BBC is highlighting not only the historic value of local pubs but also their importance in the life of the community and that they wanted to feature Otley as a good example of both.
“It was great to meet Si and Dave and have a pint when them and chat about Otley Pub Club and our Historic Otley Ale Trail showing all the towns former and lost pubs and explaining some of the history. They have said they would love to come back and do some of the Trail, so hopefully we will have them back in Otley before long!”.
Greg Mulholland, President, Otley Pub Club added: “It is fantastic that the Hairy Bikers have chosen the Black Bull in Otley as one of the pubs to start their exciting new series, The Pubs that Built Britain, with the well known tale of Cromwell’s troops drinking it dry.”
The new Hairy Bikers series will be broadcast in the autumn at a date to be confirmed.
Photo shows members of Otley Pub Club with the Hairy Bikers in the Black Bull. Left to right: Rosie Greaves, Bryony James, Greg Mulholland, Dave Myers, Barry Tomlinson, Si King and Bob McLaughlin.
Andrew McKeon Media Officer, Otley Pub Club.Tel: 07802 484 155.