Wallsend pub praised for its role during fire
Pub bosses and staff have been thanked for their role in helping residents displaced by a major fire.
Officers from Northumbria Police joined North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn in thanking staff at the Anson public house, in Wallsend town centre, for providing shelter and free refreshments to those evacuated from their homes following a dangerous fire in the community.
The pub opened its doors after more than 100 residents were evacuated from their homes when a large fire broke out at a tyre yard near to the High Street just before 2am on Sunday, January 5.
A number of gas cylinders had also caught fire and exploded while a number of cars and tyres were destroyed in the blaze.
Luckily nobody was injured during the incident and firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire Service were able to bring the blaze under control and extinguish it.
However, a cordon was put in place for several hours with the Anson pub opening their doors as a temporary shelter serving over 100 residents free tea, coffee, juice and water during the night as well as accommodating beloved pets.
Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey, who presented the staff at the Anson with an Area Commander’s Commendation, said: “The staff at the Anson displayed genuine care and concern for the residents in Wallsend and the service they provided was outstanding.
“The staff also offered up biscuits and sweets from their own homes to show further kindness to those suffering the consequences of the fire.
“I’m incredibly proud to serve within such a kind and caring community – it was an honour to present the staff at the Anson with this award, it’s very well deserved.”
Mrs Redfearn CBE said: “It’s amazing how the community came together to provide a haven at the Anson pub for people who had nowhere else to go after being evacuated from their homes.
“People in Wallsend are the salt of the earth and this is about what real communities do for each other in their hour of need.
“I’m incredibly proud and grateful for the way everybody has responded and taken care of each other during a very serious incident.”