Friday, November 20, 2020

Pubs across the region will turn on their Christmas lights this evening at 5pm to highlight their readiness for a safe reopening.
Consumers are being asked to show their support by sharing #KEEPTHELIGHTSON with images of their local lit up on social media.
Mellett’s of Swinford will join the campaign and features in an emotive film as part of the launch.
“Like countless others in the pub trade, the team at Mellett’s Emporium have put in endless hours of work and invested heavily in everything we need for a safe reopening. Now all we are asking for is the chance to welcome customers through our doors again this Christmas,” explained proprietor Marie Mellett.
Employee Aoife McDonnell described the lockdown and lack of work as “horrific” and recorded her disappointment with the footage posted on the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland Facebook page. Her dream of doing a master’s degree has been put on hold and her mental health has suffered with no work to turn to for the past number of months.
“We haven’t been given a fair chance. All the false starts, all the false hope- that was the toughest. We built ourselves up only to be pushed down again.”
The full-time employee said there have been days when she couldn’t get out of bed and felt she has “no purpose” as all her friends returned to work in other industries.
“All we want for Christmas is to get back to work. I love my job, I miss my job and I miss my customers. We just want a fair chance.”
The Licenced Vintners Association, Vintners Federation of Ireland and Hospitality Ulster joined forces with Guinness to launch the Keep The Lights On campaign.

Marie Mellett, pictured with her father Joe, features in the Vintners Federation of Ireland’s campaign video

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