Beer-loving couple ditch a luxury cruise to celebrate ruby wedding anniversary in 40 Wetherspoons

A BEER-loving couple have ditched a cruise to toast their ruby wedding anniversary in 40 Wetherspoons.

George Gardner, 63, was planning a voyage on a luxury liner to mark the occasion.

George and Anne Gardner have decided to ditch their plans to head off on a luxury cruise, instead choosing to visit 40 Wetherspoons boozers

But wife Anne, 61, revealed she would prefer a marathon pub crawl, raising a toast in one the chain’s boozers for every year of their marriage.

George, a retired power station worker, said: “I thought a cruise would do the job but I was persuaded this could be as much fun.”

He married nursery nurse Anne in 1979 — the year JD Wetherspoon opened its first pub in Muswell Hill, North London.

The Gardners, from Ferrybridge, West Yorks, have already visited 19 Spoons, with the first being The Green Ginger in Torquay, Devon, in January.

They will continue through the year, though their anniversary date is July 21.

Dad-of-two George added: “We’re trying to visit Wetherspoons all over Britain that we’ve never been to.

“We love eating and drinking in their pubs.

“It would have been nice to go on a cruise and perhaps see the Northern Lights, but maybe we can do that another time.”

Wetherspoons said: “We’ve heard some lovely stories from customers and theirs really warms our hearts.”

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George had been planning the holiday to mark their 40th wedding anniversary[/caption]

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But when he revealed his plans, Anne said she’d rather raise a toast in every one of the chain’s 40 pubs the pair have been to before[/caption]



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