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Man loves Kentish Town pub so much he tattoos its emblem on his leg

12 May, 2014

A FAN of a Kentish Town bar loved his favourite pub so much that he had its lion crest tattooed on his leg.

Ashok Krishan, who was a regular at The Grafton in Prince of Wales Road, had the tattoo before returning to his native Australia.

Suzie Clarke, joint owner of The Grafton described the tribute as “strange but awesome.”

“I was quite overwhelmed to be honest, I did shed a little tear," she said. "It was what we wanted when we first opened, to be important to the community and this kind of shows we've done it.”

General Manager Neil Gander said that Mr Krishan wanted something to symbolise his time in the UK before he left: “He told us he wanted a momento of his time in London that he couldn't lose, so now it's become the tattoo on tour. He said it brought back memories of good times as The Grafton was like a home away from home. It was special to him, he was a regular and had a lot of friends here."

Mr Gander added: “He didn't even tell anyone he was going to do it till after. We promised him free beers for life, though I don't know if he will take us up on that.”

The pub will be opening its roof terrace to the public on May 30, with a private launch party the night before.

Mr Gander added: “It's been a long road getting here. We started the planning process over a year ago and had a lot of support from the Kentish Town community who started a petition on our behalf. It's exciting times.”

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