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Namesake pub says duke was ‘somebody you could have a pint with’

The Duke of Edinburgh’s landlord said it was a shame the Covid restrictions limited how much the pub could mark the occasion.

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Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minute’s silence (Richard McCarthy/PA)

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minute’s silence (Richard McCarthy/PA)

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull observe a minute’s silence (Richard McCarthy/PA)

Drinkers at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Hull said the duke was “somebody you could have a pint with”, as they marked the minute’s silence and his funeral.

Alfie Stanford, 18, said: “I feel like he was a really iconic person and he spoke his mind more than anything else.”

Mr Stanford said: “He clearly didn’t want anything special but I feel like we do owe him a lot for his service to the Queen and definitely to his country.

“I feel like everyone in the country should have marked the minute’s silence no matter where you was and whatever you were doing.

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The minute’s silence was observed (Richard McCarthy/PA)

The minute’s silence was observed (Richard McCarthy/PA)

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The minute’s silence was observed (Richard McCarthy/PA)

“I feel you should have stopped and reflected on the man’s life.”

Mark Dawson, 43, said the duke was “a really good chap” and “somebody you could have a pint with”.

He said: “The Duke of Edinburgh would have been a fitting place to have a drink with him.”

Mr Dawson said it was a “sombre moment” but everyone wanted to remember “the good man that he was”.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s landlord, former soldier Mark Miller, said it was a shame the Covid restrictions limited how much the pub could mark the occasion.

He said: “He was colourful character in his time and there’ll be a lot of veterans sad to see him go.”

Mr Miller said there was no chance he would change the name of the pub following Philip’s death.

“It’s a poignant name, we’re never going to change it,” he said.

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