Emerald lady Mary McHale to call last orders at her Scunthorpe club
She should be getting the key of the door after 21 years in business, but instead Mary McHale, the owner of the Emerald Club, Scunthorpe, will be handing it over next week.
At the age of 72, mum-of-six Mary has decided to sell the business in the shadows of the Crosby high-rise flats and call last orders at midnight on September 15.
She and her late husband Willie, a former contractor, bought the building in 1991, after the premises previously traded as the Elm House Club and a private snooker club.
The Elm House traded for 49 years but was forced to close down in 1984 due to soaring debts.
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Mary and her late husband both hail from County Mayo in Ireland but moved to Scunthorpe more than 40 years ago.
They built the Emerald into a successful free-trade, Irish-themed club, trading from noon until midnight seven days a week.
Mary said she was looking forward to a well-earned retirement and spending more time with her family, which includes 18 grandchildren.
But first she plans to host a farewell party at The Emerald for the staff and the 400 members on September 15.
Meanwhile, the buyer who offered £675,000 to buy the closed White Swan at Scotter is looking elsewhere for another pub.
The Scunthorpe businessman, who has asked at this stage not to be identified, had his offer rejected as it did not match the £850,000 asking price for the Swan which went into administration in May 2011.
The businessman said of his new plans: "I am looking at possibly buying another country pub in the region.
"At this stage, I need a manager who has energy and passion in running a food-led rural pub, serving real ales.
"No deal has yet been struck, but I am keen to hear from potential applicants."