THE NEIGHBORS have created a hatching bar in their garden fence so that friends can always share a drink together while the coronavirus is locking.
Pals Kris Hindley, 39, and Tony Bennison, 54, normally found themselves in their caves at their home in Aldridge, near Walsall.
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The imposition of lockdowns during the coronavirus epidemic, however, initially halted their socialization.
But good friends and gin lovers have now found an ingenious way to stay in touch and share a drink almost every night while respecting the rules of social distancing.
They drilled a hole in the garden fence separating their homes and mounted it on a piece of plywood to form a bar table.
Kris, owner of GinTing, told the Birmingham Mail: “It’s good in this climate of social distancing, we have to try to have a drink together and be safe.
“We have bar runners, a bottle opener and electricity to get a patio heater there. It’s cool enough to be fair.
“It was cut and painted last weekend. We use it almost every night. “
The hatch, which is one meter wide and half a meter high, is attached to chains and latches and was designed to descend to the height of a bar in a normal pub.
It is also equipped with panels that the two neighbors must open and when closed, it still looks like an ordinary fence.
While Kris uses a director’s chair to relax, sales manager Tony uses bar stools because the ground on his side is lower.
Kris added, “We built the houses together and have known Tony and (his wife) Sue well over the years.
“We both have bars in the other’s gardens, which is good enough for a barbecue.
“Usually, a weekend, we are at home and vice versa. But obviously, we cannot be that close.
“However, we can play the music of the cave while we sit there with the patio heater to have some gins together.” “
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They came up with the idea of social media after neighbors in Australia turned an entire fence panel and put a table leg under it.
Earlier this month, a family in York transformed their drab garden shed into an impressive Tiki bar.
Last month, Will Davies turned his shed into a drinker in time for his daughter’s 18th so she could fulfill her wish and buy her a pint while the lock was in place.
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