04:43AM, Wednesday 07 December 2011
A popular drinking hole has been renamed and dedicated to the Brigade of Guards.
The former Grenfell Arms, in Oldfield Road, was officially renamed The Guardsman's Inn on Friday.
Landlord and former Irish Guard Douglas Fitch said he didn't think twice about dedicating the pub to the guards.
He said: "It's the only one in the country like it. The locals love it and it's synonymous with the local area, with Guards Club Park just down the road."
The pub has been completely refurbished and features memorabilia and uniforms. The renaming ceremony included visited regiments and a pipe band, with a pint of Windsor and Eton Brewery's Guardsman on hand.
Doug, who took over the pub with his wife Mary in October last year, said: "There's quite a few guards living in the local area. It's a place they're really proud of."
He wants regiments to be able to hold fundraising events at the pub and feels a special affinity with the armed forces, with his father an ex-serviceman and his son spending six years in the US Marine Corps.
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