Congratulations to Alan Ingle who has received the best Christmas present he could have asked for - his wife and step-son by his side.
The former Rastrick and Brighouse landlord met his wife Emmy in 2012 whilst on holiday in Thailand. They married in April 2013 and had a cultural ceremony in October of the same year.
Since then he has been fighting for his wife and step-son Matey to join him at his popular riverside public house, The Pear Tree on the edge of Mirfield.
At the end of October, Alan’s solictor gave him the great news that Emmy could come to England on a holiday visa until April 2015 and Matey is on a student visa and is currently attending Rastrick Grammar School, while the solicitor arranges a permanent residency for the pair.
“I am over the moon. We held our annual fireworks display and Halloween party on November 1 and last year they watched it via facetime on the iPad, and they loved seeing it all for real this year,” said a jubilant Alan.
“They have settled in very well and the customers have made them feel so welcome as they have been on this emotional rollercoaster with me since we got married and have been trying to bring them to their new home.”
The family arrived back to welcome balloons, banners and flowers, plus a party arranged by the staff and customers of The Pear Tree.
“I am loving life now, I have my wife and son with me and I have the pub of my dreams. When Emmy has been asked by people why swap lovely warm Thailand for here, she says because she is with her husband.
“We can’t wait for Christmas together and I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day.”
Celebrations and live music
l The big event this weekend for Jeremy’s is their first birthday, which they are marking with a big party with three top acts. Luke Michael starts at 7pm, a solo artist singing Ollie Murs, Michael Buble and Robbie Williams.
Then Carly and the Kicks will bring Motown covers from the all eras, followed by Sound Town to end the evening with party songs.
l Landlady Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn has a new wood burner keeping the staff and customers warm this winter, plus new curtains that give the pub a real cosy feel. On the bar, Marsha informs they have increased their range of spirits and look forward to adding to it further.
Shabbycats will be performing at the pub on Sunday from 8.30pm onwards. Marsha is also pleased to announce that the pub is in the new revised edition of the prestigious CAMRA book Yorkshires Real Heritage Pubs.
l This Sunday at The Beck on Bradford Road, landlord Adrian Whitworth is hosting the CD launch for the Rainey Street Band. It starts at 4.30pm and all are welcome.
l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge the weekly jam session is with Simon from Big Noise. On Friday State of Confusion will take to the stage and on Saturday Flaming Dragon will entertain. The live music is wrapped up on Sunday with The Ignitors.