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Three generations celebrate 50 Years At The Helm Of Historic Hayle Pub

18th March 2013 Paul Andrews

Tenants of family owned St Austell Brewery have good raise a glass!

St Austell Brewery’s longest serving tenant celebrates an impressive half a century behind the bar.

Rick Shackelton has been at the Bucket of Blood in Phillack, Hayle, since 1963 when his parents Dick and Ida took over the unusually named 18th century pub.  After Rick’s father passed away in 1965, Ida ran the inn until 1974 when she handed the reins to her son.

Nowadays, the Bucket of Blood is still very much a family business, with three generations contributing to its continuing success and welcoming atmosphere.

Rick and his wife Sue are joined by son Philip, who looks after things when they are away, and Philip’s 21-year-old daughter Alannah who helps out behind the bar.

Saturday March 23 marks 50 years to the day that the Shackelton’s arrived at the Bucket of Blood. The family are hosting a big party for the community at the pub to celebrate, with a hog roast and reduced prices at the pumps. 

Rick, 68, said: “Things have changed a lot in the past 50 years, in many ways the town and the industry are unrecognisable."

“It certainly hasn’t got any easier running a pub, there are plenty of challenges and lots of tenants don’t make it nowadays.  I always think there’s no point despairing when things get hard though, you just all muck in and carry on."

“We still enjoy ourselves everyday, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t. The whole family are looking forward to celebrating our anniversary – here’s to the next 50 years.”

Ken Ascott, West Cornwall Area Manager for St Austell Brewery, said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rick and his family for the past ten years. It is a rare thing in this day and age to have so many generations dedicated to a pub."

“The Shackeltons are St Austell Brewery’s longest serving tenants and we have built up a great relationship. I’ll certainly be raising a glass to them on the big day.”


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