Free beer for life

Pub gives 75-year-old present after 60 years of loyal drinking

Aug 2, 2002 - A British retiree has been given free beer for life at his local pub after spending 60 years as a paying customer. The Red Hart at Three Holes in Norfolk made that a present to Dennis Forth to mark his 75th birthday.


Forth began drinking shandy at the pub when he was 15.

"He's by far our most loyal customer. The next we have has been coming for 40 years," said pub manager Peter Phillips. "We thought this was a nice way to mark his birthday and he's welcome to a free beer whenever he fancies one."

Forth, known around the pub as Onk, says this won't cause him to begin drinking more. "I come in on a Friday night and sometimes a Saturday lunchtime and I shall still be doing that," he said.

"This is very nice and I'm grateful but I'm not a sponger. I shan't be coming every night just because it's free."

He added: "The pub's changed a lot over the years. It's much better now. When I first came they used to go down to the cellar to get the beer. You don't have to wait for them to do that now."

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