Yorkshire nightclub owner Mike Thompson spoke to GB News about New Year celebrations and was ecstatic he was able to remain open unlike venues in Scotland and Wales. Mr Thompson cried out “thank god for Boris” as he explained the pandemic needed to consider the mental and financial wellbeing of people who are dependent on holidays for their businesses. The hospitality boss went on to attack the devolved governments, arguing they were “showboating” with their restrictions to try and look competent.
Speaking on GB News, Mr Thompson explained the importance of New Year and how it would help his business survive the upcoming months.
He said: “[It’s] everything isn’t it, so you know that’s where most our takings come to get us through January, February, March until it fires up again.
“So yeah to stay open is just, thank God for Boris, thank god I’m not in Wales and thank god I’m not in Scotland because them people are just doing a lot of showboating.
“But it’s not for the good of… it is more than the virus, there is people’s mental wellbeing and I know if I’m not working and not occupying my brain it’s just not the same.
“I’d never thought somebody like me could get down but I do, I get well down.”
Mr Thompson explained his financial situation and said he has been forced to sell his car and other items to keep his business afloat.
He added most of his life was tied into his club and said if he lost it he would have nothing left.
He joked: “It’s a privilege to be able to do what I do and I’ve done it since I was 16.
“It’s just been an absolute privilege, well, I’m no good at anything else.
“I can’t put a nail in the walls, but I can give you a good time. So yeah, that’s my thing.”
New Year restrictions have caused some revellers to journey across the border into England so they can celebrate without curbs.
Pub landlord Mark Jones owns a pub in Chirk, Wales, which is less than a mile from the English border.
He told Sky News he knew several people who have booked minibuses to cross the border and celebrate in a nearby English town.
He added: “It’s been a very quiet Christmas, to be honest, I’ve been here 20 years and I’ve never experienced one as quiet as this.”
Margaret Straughan owns a pub in Berwick-upon-Tweed and said her night would be drastically busier than Mr Jones’s.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is also less than a mile from the Scottish border but Ms Straughan was expecting Scots to cross the border to visit her pub.
She told Sky News: “I hope people take care of themselves and abide by what we have decided to do.
“Just take responsibility for yourselves as well, it will be busy here because the last two days we have been inundated with people for food and drink.”