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Fellow licensees make it plain sailing as Dennis takes helm at Sailmakers

A licensee’s love of the Old Town lured him back to the city of his student days and a key role in Hull’s Victorian Christmas celebrations.

Dennis Wann headed back home to Cornwall after graduating from the University of Hull, but then committed to a career change while in East Yorkshire to see in the New Year last December.

Dennis was visiting friends in the Old Town when he heard that the Sailmakers Arms in High Street would soon become available, he set out to seize the opportunity and as he approaches the anniversary of his big decision he has placed the pub at the heart of the Christmas festivities.

“I lived in High Street for four years so I was well aware what a great community there is down here,” said Dennis.

“I’d moved back to Cornwall but I came up here for the New Year celebrations and when I found out the Sailmakers was available I decided to take it on. I already knew all the characters in the area and I received fantastic support from the other licensees in the Old Town.

“They gave me opportunities to work in their bars, which helped to raise my profile again and they provided a lot of moral and practical support. That sort of advice from people who had been in the licensed trade for some time has proved very helpful.”

It also enabled Dennis to hit the ground running when he took over the Sailmakers in June. He played a big part in establishing the Hull Ale Trail in partnership with other pubs in the Old Town which are renowned for their real ale, and he took part in the Victorian Christmas activity by welcoming market stalls into his premises on Saturday November 30.

Dennis said: “We lined up all sorts of attractions to support the market, the various well established events run by Hull Museums and organised by Heritage Learning.

“We had stalls in our archway, in our courtyard and even in the pub itself with someone selling hats which they’ve made and someone else doing sketches of people for them to take away. We also had a magician wandering around to entertain visitors.”

HullBID City Centre Manager Kathryn Shillito said: “Dennis is absolutely right when he says the Old Town is a great community. The licensees there showed with the Hull Ale Trail and the Victorian Christmas what they can achieve by working together.”

Pictured: Dennis Wann at the Victorian Christmas Event & Market which took place down High Street.

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Fellow licensees make it plain sailing as Dennis takes helm at Sailmakers

A licensee’s love of the Old Town lured him back to the city of his student days and a key role in Hull’s Victorian Christmas celebrations.

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