OUR pubs have been really busy in the past two days.

One, The Red Lion in Willingdon, says advance booking is essential.

Here’s their post: “Wow! It’s been wonderful to see so many of you already and we are looking forward to seeing everyone booked in the coming weeks!

We are very sorry if you have tried to book a table and been unsuccessful, or if you’ve been trying to call.

We are fully booked this Friday and Saturday night and have very few tables left for the rest of the week and next weekend.

We advise you book at least a week ahead if not 2.”