People go to the polls - in the pub

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Pubs are being converted into polling booths tonight as the trade plays a key role in the General Election.People will be queuing up to put their...

Pubs are being converted into polling booths tonight as the trade plays a key role in the General Election.

People will be queuing up to put their crosses on voting papers in rural pubs tomorrow morning.

David Heenan, who runs the Stagecoach at Newport in Gloucestershire with his wife Lynn, was expecting the election to be good for business.

Ballot boxes were being placed in a rear room of the pub. "We get a bit of spin off from it, and we expect some people will come along and have a meal after voting," he said. "But we just enjoy being at the centre of the community."

Mr Heenan added the pub had been chosen as a polling booth as disabled access is much better than the local church hall.

The Woolpack Inn in Slad, near Stroud, has doubled as a polling booth during local and national elections since the 1970s.

Licensee Karen Dent said: "This is only a small village and the pub is the only building capable of hosting the vote."

One in five pubs across the country received a visit from a local Parliamentary candidate in the run-up to the General Election, according to an exclusive poll on thepublican.com

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