Singer pedals in for a pint

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EX-BEAUTIFUL South frontman Paul Heaton has given Hutton Cranswick a night to remember.

A capacity crowd of 170 music fans crowded into the White Horse pub, on Main Street, last Thursday night for a unique and intimate gig by Paul and his band.

For Paul, who also enjoyed chart success in the 1980s with the Housemartins, the gig marked the 800 mile-mark of a 1,000 mile cycle tour around the country in a bid to promote the traditional English pub and the environmental virtues of pedal power.

Two weeks’ prior to riding into Hutton Cranswick, Paul got on his bike and started his 16-day Pedals and Beer Pump Tour of some of the country’s lesser known and more traditional pubs in England.

And when he jumped onto stage at the White Horse and adopted his trademark swagger and undeniably captivating stage presence, it was hard to tell he had not only cycled 82 miles the previous day, but had ridden out to Hornsea for the day, just because he could.

Speaking after the gig, Paul said: “It’s been brilliant. It’s quite hard work but we have been getting faster and faster especially around this part of the country.

He said he thought people were getting the message behind the tour and added: “I think people appreciate this.”

“It’s different to a pub band and different to karaoke, it’s unique.”

And for one member of Paul’s band, the gig was a home-coming of sorts.

Bass player Jonathan Wright, who lived in the village until he moved away with his family as a toddler and had not been back since his early teens, said: “It’s weird being back, I didn’t recognise it at all but then I remembered the pond. It’s lovely being here and everyone is really nice.”

And as for the tour itself, Jonny said it has been challenging at times, with some of the pubs having never put on such an event, but worth it as the message was getting across.

“People are getting it and it’s been great for us to meet people face to face,” he added.

Drummer Pete Marshall said: “This is a bit unusual but it’s fantastic. It’s brought it’s own set of challenges, but it’s certainly not made it any less fun.”

With the first blast of the harmonica, the room came alive, with the audience getting a glimpse of what the venue was like in its heyday back in the 1970s, when it played host to various big name bands on their way to stardom.

Landlord of the White Horse Clive Tomlinson said: “It’s been brilliant but for me it’s about seeing someone having a good time.”

Trevor Edmond, who has lived in the village for 46 years, said: “It was brilliant. It took us back to the good old days.”

Die-hard Housemartins fan and Cranswick resident Sally MacNaughton said: “It was fantastic, it’s the best thing to ever happen to Cranswick.”