The Golden Ball pub nearly runs dry during opening celebrations

The Golden Ball in Bishophill

The Golden Ball in Bishophill

First published in News

A PUB nearly ran out of beer when it staged a weekend-long party to celebrate becoming the first in York to be run by its local community.

The Golden Ball in Bishophill had a queue of people waiting to get in – and standing room only in the bar – during the Get The Ball Rolling party last weekend.

As reported previously in The Press, the pub’s lease has been taken over by the Golden Ball Cooperative Ltd, with about 180 people investing £400 each in shares.

Co-operative secretary Peter Kilbane said a mix of regulars, local residents and co-op members turned up for the party.

“We were so busy that we nearly ran out of beer,” he said.

“It was only down to the heroics of Karen, the new manager, that we kept the beer flowing. Even so, three out of the seven pumps had run dry by last orders. I’d like to say a big thanks to all the regulars, co-op members and people who have given so much of their time and skills to make this happen.”

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8:45am Wed 21 Nov 12

cityforthepremier says...

Power to the people! Nice work.
Power to the people! Nice work. cityforthepremier
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9:23am Wed 21 Nov 12

baileyuk says...

rule 1 of running a pub as a business,, don,t run out of beer! lol

good luck though to all involved
rule 1 of running a pub as a business,, don,t run out of beer! lol good luck though to all involved baileyuk
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9:44am Wed 21 Nov 12

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
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1:06pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Jackanory2 says...

I don't live near enough to have this pub as a local, but it is on a pub run that a friend and I would go on, so all I would like to ask is where have all these people been, as every time we went in there was just us and the person behind the bar, I wouldn't mind but the landlord and landlady that have just retired seemed like a really nice couple as well, Apart from that hope it does well and there are more of these so called locals when we next visit.
I don't live near enough to have this pub as a local, but it is on a pub run that a friend and I would go on, so all I would like to ask is where have all these people been, as every time we went in there was just us and the person behind the bar, I wouldn't mind but the landlord and landlady that have just retired seemed like a really nice couple as well, Apart from that hope it does well and there are more of these so called locals when we next visit. Jackanory2
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1:29pm Wed 21 Nov 12

PeteKilbane says...

Special thanks to the bar staff who worked their socks off all weekend. Thank you. Plenty of top quality beer in the Ball folks! Jackanory2 look forward to meeting you in a busy Ball.
Special thanks to the bar staff who worked their socks off all weekend. Thank you. Plenty of top quality beer in the Ball folks! Jackanory2 look forward to meeting you in a busy Ball. PeteKilbane
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2:55pm Wed 21 Nov 12

alilouyates says...

Plenty of fine beer available when we called in on Sunday afternoon/evening. Great pub, great atmosphere ... well done and thanks to all who helped make this happen.
Plenty of fine beer available when we called in on Sunday afternoon/evening. Great pub, great atmosphere ... well done and thanks to all who helped make this happen. alilouyates
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2:55pm Wed 21 Nov 12

alilouyates says...

Plenty of fine beer available when we called in on Sunday afternoon/evening. Great pub, great atmosphere ... well done and thanks to all who helped make this happen.
Plenty of fine beer available when we called in on Sunday afternoon/evening. Great pub, great atmosphere ... well done and thanks to all who helped make this happen. alilouyates
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4:10pm Wed 21 Nov 12

SGW221 says...

One of the best pubs in York has just got better! There’s a good reason why this little gem of a pub was acquired by some people of the local community. A lovely pub with a great atmosphere. But don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself! Well done to all involved!
One of the best pubs in York has just got better! There’s a good reason why this little gem of a pub was acquired by some people of the local community. A lovely pub with a great atmosphere. But don’t take my word for it. Try it yourself! Well done to all involved! SGW221
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5:44pm Wed 21 Nov 12

RoseD says...

Fantastic!! Well done. A worthy investment by all, clearly, and Pete & Co, good luck. We'll be by!
Fantastic!! Well done. A worthy investment by all, clearly, and Pete & Co, good luck. We'll be by! RoseD
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7:31pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Mr Happy says...

Great pub. One of my favourites in York along with The Swan and the Volly Arms.
Great pub. One of my favourites in York along with The Swan and the Volly Arms. Mr Happy
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9:44pm Wed 21 Nov 12

yorkandproud says...

Good luck to you all. Years ago we used to call it the "Brass Kn@cker" , do you still call it that.
Good luck to you all. Years ago we used to call it the "Brass Kn@cker" , do you still call it that. yorkandproud
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9:24am Thu 22 Nov 12

hikerman says...

i am a born and bread york man never had a drink at all in the golden ball i will this week end sounds a friendly pub good look to you all
i am a born and bread york man never had a drink at all in the golden ball i will this week end sounds a friendly pub good look to you all hikerman
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10:58am Thu 22 Nov 12

rambolanka says...

Like Jakanory2, I don't live close eneough to make this my regular, but I'll be in on December 15 after travelling 8,500 miles to enjoy the atmosphere. Do I get a free half for being the most distant local?
Like Jakanory2, I don't live close eneough to make this my regular, but I'll be in on December 15 after travelling 8,500 miles to enjoy the atmosphere. Do I get a free half for being the most distant local? rambolanka
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1:19pm Thu 22 Nov 12

PeteKilbane says...

yorkandproud - we certainly do though the Celestial Testi@le has been in fashion lately.

rambolanka - wow! You'll be very welcome. As to the half that'll be up to the manager, Karen. She's very friendly and so proud of her beer that it'll probably be a pint!
yorkandproud - we certainly do though the Celestial Testi@le has been in fashion lately. rambolanka - wow! You'll be very welcome. As to the half that'll be up to the manager, Karen. She's very friendly and so proud of her beer that it'll probably be a pint! PeteKilbane
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9:29am Fri 23 Nov 12

rambolanka says...

PeteKilbane wrote:
yorkandproud - we certainly do though the Celestial Testi@le has been in fashion lately.

rambolanka - wow! You'll be very welcome. As to the half that'll be up to the manager, Karen. She's very friendly and so proud of her beer that it'll probably be a pint!
I'll be the one in a Sarong then. When your dad was born in Kyme street and your's truly in Drake Street, you can't get more local.
[quote][p][bold]PeteKilbane[/bold] wrote: yorkandproud - we certainly do though the Celestial Testi@le has been in fashion lately. rambolanka - wow! You'll be very welcome. As to the half that'll be up to the manager, Karen. She's very friendly and so proud of her beer that it'll probably be a pint![/p][/quote]I'll be the one in a Sarong then. When your dad was born in Kyme street and your's truly in Drake Street, you can't get more local. rambolanka
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1:10pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Minguel says...

You can't beat the Ball on a Sunday night for atmosphere. Where else do you get top notch musicians turning up to play just for thier and the rest of the pub's pleasure. Looking forward to getting home to York to visit. Good luck to them.
You can't beat the Ball on a Sunday night for atmosphere. Where else do you get top notch musicians turning up to play just for thier and the rest of the pub's pleasure. Looking forward to getting home to York to visit. Good luck to them. Minguel
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