PUBS in Stourport filled customers' containers with ale as they prepared to close down in line with new lockdown measures.

Worleys at The Swan and the Hope & Anchor were among thousands of bars, pubs and restaurants across the country forced to close down on Friday night following Government orders to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Owner Mimi admitted she wasn't expecting to have to close the pubs so soon, but said she was keen to turn the situation into something positive.

She told The Shuttle: "We turn over a lot of real ale so we have a decent amount on the go and with real ale, you've got four days to use it or it goes off.

"It's a strange time but we're trying to turn it into something positive."

Rather than the ales going to waste, the Worleys team put out an appeal on Facebook for people to bring their own containers to either of the pubs for staff to fill with ale in exchange for a donation towards KEMP Hospice.

"We've always supported KEMP," said Mimi. "We have had dealings with friends needing their support so it's a charity near to our hearts.

"I just thought all this ale will go to waste so what can we do? Why not bring a container and we'll fill it.

"I put a post on social media and within minutes we've had people turn up!"

The pubs raised £365 for KEMP.