BOB BLEAKLEY has become an unlikely ?poster boy? after stumbling into a festive photoshoot at his local pub, the Angel on the Bridge in Henley
BOB BLEAKLEY has become an unlikely ?poster boy? after stumbling into a festive photoshoot at his local pub, the Angel on the Bridge in Henley.
Bob, who is affectionately as ?Captain Bob? by his fellow regulars, was at the bar when Brakspear marketing assistant Kate Thomas arrived to take a photograph for a Santa hat promotion linked to Oh Be Joyful, the brewer?s seasonal ale.
He said: ?We got chatting, one thing led to another ? and I expect one drink led to another ? and soon I was standing behind the bar wearing a Santa hat and holding a pint of beer.?
The posters for Oh Be Joyful will be appearing in Brakspear pubs in and around Henley any day and Bob is hopeful his modelling debut may lead to greater things. He said: ?I don?t expect David Beckham is worried about my arrival on the modelling scene just yet, but I?m certainly open to doing more.?
Drinkers can claim their free Santa hat, complete with a sparkly pom pom, when they buy five pints of Oh Be Joyful.
Hats will be available in most Brakspear pubs throughout December while stocks last.
Captain Bob opted to have his modelling ?fee? paid for in Côte du Rhône rather than beer.
Brakspear have made sure there are a few bottles paid for behind the bar at the Angel for him to enjoy at his leisure.
Kate said: ?Of course, we?d rather have given Brakspear beer instead of red wine but these model-types can be tricky when they don?t get their own way!?