'For a moment it felt like normal times' - Joy as Wakefield bars reopen for first weekend

There was a big turnout to Wakefield's bars and pubs in the first weekend after lockdown restrictions were lifted.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:51 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:52 pm
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Nathan Burkinshaw runs the Golden Pineapple, RBT Video and outdoor converted car park Lot, which had its grand opening on Friday.

He said: "For a moment it felt like the before times.

"We had lots of great feed back and was lots of fun. Great to see a lot of people get behind us and all very much behaving themselves and sticking by the rules, also great to hear positive feedback from customers.

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"We’re back in the office tomorrow gearing up for another fully booked weekend.

"We’ve just announced another food van joining us next Friday for for weeks. Mans Markets, which do a fun take on Chinese food, and it's really positive that businesses from further afield are wanting to come play with us in the car park as well as locals No Manches, Fino and Throwback cafe."

Layla Baker, who runs, Lobby 1876 on Westgate, said: "Wow! Wakefield has been fantastic! The weather was kind for us all and everyone was in good spirits. We didn't have any trouble, all Lobby1867 customers followed the rules and were just so happy to see friends and family.

"The sun shone, drinks flowed, pizzas were eaten and catch ups were had! It was truly fantastic!

"Our staff worked so hard to serve everyone outside, but it was phenomenal to be trading again after so long.

"Thank you Wakefield!"