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Friday, 31 December, 1999, 13:47 GMT
Welsh pub soap goes online

Grant Williams Grant Williams's pub soap has really taken off


Grant Mitchell is not the only soap opera barman boosting the ratings - landlord Grant Williams has his own soap opera on the Internet.

Like its television equivalent, Alehouse Blues is a intriguing mixture of sex, fights and gossip.

The latest storyline at the Bridge in Conwy, north Wales is a flirty barmaid having an affair with a married man before getting back with her ex-boyfriend.

The plot comes to a head when the married man, who is playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the pub panto, has a fight with her ex-boyfriend (Robin Hood) on stage, while the horrified barmaid (Maid Marion) looks on along with the Sheriff's wife in the audience.

The soap is the brainchild of 35-year-old Grant, who dreams up plots during quiet periods at the popular pub and updates the site every Monday.


Grant Mitchell Eastenders Grant Mitchell
And now interest is booming, with the scripts already recorded at the BBC in Bangor.

Many of the ideas come from the pub's regulars who can see their ideas germinate and come to fruition on the bar's terminal.

"We haven't quite reached EastEnders and Brookside level of audiences yet, but with our plots we soon will be," said web buff Grant, who has run the pub for five years.

"We reckon they may even log on to check out our storylines, which we reckon are the best in the business.

"It all started as a bit of a joke to tell little stories and it's mushroomed. It has really amazed me how much it's caught people's imagination."

The site has already been featured on BBC Radio One.

And father-of-three Grant said visitors from America had been keeping up with life at the pub through the web.

"Even the regulars here are demanding to be included in the script," he added.

"We've got a few ideas in mind, but anyone who wants to send in a script is very welcome - and if published they will be acknowledged on the site."



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