Coronavirus: Virtual pub recruits night ‘bar staff’ as members surge

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Ray Callcut

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Virtual pub “patron” Ray Callcut said: “It is nice company – you feel like you are with your friends”

An ex-landlady who set up a virtual pub has recruited “bar staff” in Australia to monitor the page overnight as membership reached more than 12,000.

Jo Bowtell launched The Virtual Pub Facebook page, which hosts live music, quizzes and open mic nights through Facebook live, more than a week ago.

Miss Bowtell, from Spondon, Derby, said it is “the biggest pub I have ever had and it does fit round my children”.

Hundreds of “patrons” have been posting selfies with drinks in the “pub”.

“It’s almost like a platform for new talent so when we get out of this, hopefully pubs will be busy with entertainment.”

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