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Getting paid to drink
April 24, 2008 / 4:15 PM / 10 years ago

Getting paid to drink

LONDON (Reuters) - Found: drinking companions to join elderly gentleman for a friendly beer at his local pub.

<p>A pint is pulled at a pub in central London, November 23, 2005. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>

Mike Hammond was bombarded with offers after advertising in his village post office for someone to accompany his 88-year-old father Jack on visits to a southern England pub from a nursing home.

He offered the lucky winner 7 pounds ($14) an hour plus expenses and, after sifting through the applicants, decided on a job-share. Drinking duties are to be divided between a retired doctor and a former military man.

“Dad’s now going to be going down to the pub several times a week -- three with his new friends and twice with me,” Mike Hammond told The Times on Thursday. “I want to give him some of his old life back.”

Reporting by Paul Majendie, Editing by Paul Casciato

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