Pub pool table helps take British hopsitality to Brazil

You might need special permission from your pub pool table hire company if you want to do what the team from The Old Star Inn in Winsford, Cheshire are doing this summer.

That’s because their entire pub – complete with its sign, fireplace, quiz night and pub pool table and dartboard – is being recreated in Rio.

It’s all part of a publicity stunt by McCoy’s Crisps, after The Old Star Inn won a contest judged by a team including Al Murray’s Pub Landlord character.

A team of ten staff from the pub are flying out to Rio to enjoy the World Cup, bizarrely surrounded by their own pub from back home.

The news features on the newly launched Pubs Are Great website, developed in conjunction with Inapub, Number 10, Visit Britain and UKTI.

Joss Croft, marketing director at Visit Britain, said: “Pubs are Britain’s welcome mat to the world and play a key role in attracting visitors as part of our culture and heritage offering.

“Our traditional and much-loved pubs offer some of the warmest British welcomes.”

Gambling Commission announces training on illegal gaming machines

Gambling CommissionThe Gambling Commission is running a series of training courses throughout the summer, highlighting the issues surrounding illegal gaming machines.

Gaming machines can only be supplied with the correct licences and permissions in place from the Gambling Commission.

At Manco Automatics, we are fully licensed and regulated, allowing us to supply the fruit machines Manchester venues need in order to cater for their customers’ demands.

But not all suppliers can say the same; Rob Burkitt of the Gambling Commission’s Local Authority Liaison Unit says: “Issues around suspected illegal gaming machines are one of the main compliance referrals we make to licensing authorities.”

Training sessions got underway in Bristol on April 10th, and are scheduled to continue throughout the summer of 2014.

However, Manchester seems to have been missed out, and the nearest training session seems to be in Liverpool on July 10th.

It seems a shame that the Gambling Commission did not schedule a date in one of the country’s biggest cities, with a thriving market for gaming machines.

But by working with Manco Automatics, you can rest assured that we are well aware of the rules on fruit machines Manchester venues need to comply with, and can help you to position your gaming machines accordingly.

BACTA NW Venetian Masked Ball

A great night was enjoyed by all at The BACTA NW Venetian Masked Ball held at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool on 6th December 2013. VIP guests in attendance were Blackpool Mayor Councillor Eddie Collett, and Mayoress Mrs Heather Collett, BACTA CEO Leslie Macleod Miller and Ms Caroline Duncan, Owner of Cosmo Leisure Group Mr John Downs and his wife Mrs Caroline Downs as well as Chris’s wife and daughter Trish and Nicola.There was fun and games through out the night and dancing until the wee small hours. The ball raised over £3000 which ensures that BACTA NW will be able to make a significant donation to The Children’s Adventure Farm in Lymm during 2014.

BACTA NW Donation

On Tuesday, 9 July, 2013, BACTA North West Region’s chairman Chris Manion and committee member Dave Ellwood, presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) based in Lymm, Cheshire – being monies raised at the region’s annual Christmas charity ball.
CAFT provides a variety of programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children in the north-west, and relies solely on the support and donations of individual organisations. A week spent at the farm broadens the children’s horizons; boosts their confidence and provides wonderful memories.
Chris said: ‘It is an honour to make this presentation to such a worthy cause, knowing that the generosity of BACTA North West Region members can make a real difference for the children.
‘It is the intention to provide on-going support for CAFT throughout my chairmanship of the region.’
Alistair Laing, CAFT charity relationship manager said: ‘The Children’s Adventure Farm has been designed in order that all children, regardless of ability, can have the holiday of their lives and for many, this will be first time they will have experienced the freedom and independence such a facility can provide.’
BACTA is the only trade association representing the amusements’ industry in the UK, with membership including amusement machine manufacturers and seaside arcades. BACTA supports national charities and regional charities through a variety of fund-raising initiatives.

Greater Manchester Swim

On 1st July 2012, Chris Manion successfully completed the Great Manchester Swim in 38mins 9secs. This was a one mile swim around the Salford Quays. Including Gift Aid Chris has raised over £400 for Care For The Wild International (charity registration no 288802). Should you like to make a donation, or take a look at some pictures of the event (including some of Chris wearing a pink hat….don’t ask) then go to

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