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Melbourne pub The Sherlock Holmes usually serves 300 pints of English ale on Fridays, yesterday it sold around 600.
Owner Gary Kirwan says Fridays are always busy at the Collins Street pub, which offers Fullers London Pride, Old Speckled Hen and Black Cab Stout, but the Queen’s death meant it was “a huge, huge day “.
Kirwan says that in addition to the regulars, there were many people who came to mark the occasion with a drink.
“It’s a nice gesture,” he said. “There were quite a few who drank a pint in his honour.”
Working behind the bar, Di Danckert says everyone who entered the pub made remarks about the Queen.
“I feel very sad,” Danckert says. “Since I’ve been alive she’s been the queen and I’m 75 and I haven’t experienced anything different. I was upset this morning when I heard, I think we all are a bit.
Drinking at Sherlock Holmes on Friday were co-workers Paul Hewitt, Daniel Lee, Adam Centofanti and Bob Kim.
“We thought we were going out for lunch and where better than a British pub today,” Centofanti says.
Hewitt is from the UK and says that for British citizens, the Queen’s death feels like a historic moment.
“Even if you’re not a loyalist, I think everyone looked up to him and a person and his integrity,” he says. “It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people and one of those days where you’ll always remember where you were when you found out.”