Pub landlord Ronnie Fitzpatrick recognised with award for his services

Ron Fitzpatrick wins the special recognition award at the Alive After Five Awards
Ron Fitzpatrick wins the special recognition award at the Alive After Five Awards
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A long-serving pub landlord has been recognised for his services to Preston’s nightlife.

Ronnie Fitzpatrick, who ran the Dog and Partridge on Friargate, collected the Special Recognition Award for his services to the city’s licensed trade over more than forty years, at the Alive After Five Awards.

The prize-giving event, run by Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID), was held in front of a crowd of more than 200 members of the night-time trade at Evoque on Tuesday.

Other prizes went to cocktail bar Kuckoo which landed Bar of the Year, Baluga which won Club of the Year, Roper Hall which picked up Pub of the Year and East Z East which won Restaurant of the Year.

BID spokesman Mark Whittle said: “Picking up an Alive After Five award has a special significance because all our winners are selected by the people who visit these establishments every day of the week.

“The BID then went a step further and made ‘mystery shopper’ visits to each of our venue finalists and judged them on the service they provided. We received more than 32,000 votes this year which shows the popularity not just of these awards but of Preston’s night scene. The awards are designed to drive up standards and promote Preston’s offer and have been embraced by businesses and by the public.”

Evoque collected two prizes with waitress Sophie Prytharch named Waitress of the Year and manager Leigh Sweetman named Venue Manager of the Year, while Stratos collected the Entertainment Venue of the Year prize.

DJ John Gillmore and former Big Brother contestant Luke Marsden hosted the ceremony.

PANEL:

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

Leah Owen – Popworld

WAITRESS OF THE YEAR

Sophie Prytharch – Evoque

VENUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Leigh Sweetman – Evoque

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke Wilson - MACs

SECURITY TEAM OF THE YEAR

Cameo and Vinyl

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

EastZEast

ENTERTAINMENT VENUE OF THE YEAR

Stratos

PUB OF THE YEAR

Roper Hall

CLUB OF THE YEAR

Baluga

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE

Sam White – Popworld

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Team at The Golden Cross

BAR OF THE YEAR

Kuckoo

BEST EVENT/REGULAR NIGHT

Three in a Bed – Macs, Blitz, Ships and Giggles

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Ronnie Fitzpatrick – formerly of Dog and Partridge – for services to Preston’s licensed trade