Pub goes blue and white in honour of the Foxes

As Leicester City celebrations go, pub landlord Brian Priest’s is perhaps the best bar none.

Mr Priest and a task force of about 16 people spent the weekend painting the entire outside of his Leicestershire village pub in City’s blue and white colours.

Brian Priest landlord of the Chequers in Swinford with helpers celebrating Leicester City winning the premiership.
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Brian Priest landlord of the Chequers in Swinford with helpers celebrating Leicester City winning the premiership. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“It’s had a pretty good reaction” he told the Mail, of his striped makeover. “It was just a bit of fun, but it’s been covered by Sky News and gone viral on the internet!”

Mr Priest (62), landlord of The Chequers pub in Swinford, near Lutterworth, is no City bandwagon jumper.

He’s been a City season ticket holder for 40 years, and was there last Saturday when the Foxes were finally presented with the first Premiership trophy of their 132-year history.

“I’ve been watching City since I was eight or nine but this season has been remarkable” he said.

Brian Priest landlord of the Chequers in Swinford celebrating Leicester City winning the premiership.
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Brian Priest landlord of the Chequers in Swinford celebrating Leicester City winning the premiership. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“We finished last season on a high, but this season I was really just hoping we’d win enough games to stay up.

“Even when we beat Manchester City 1-3, I was thinking of qualifying for Europe, not winning the Premiership.”

How have Leicester City done so well this season?

“They’re good footballers, but more importantly they’re a hard-working team.

After...the Chequers pub in Swinford.
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After...the Chequers pub in Swinford. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

“And (manager) Claudio Ranieri has been great - and become everyone’s favourite uncle!”

Nor is Brian getting carried away about next season.

“Top half of the Premiership is good” he said cautiously. “We’re not a surprise package any more. We’ll have to see if more teams can suss out our tactics.”

James and Brian Priest outside the Chequers pub in Swinford.
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James and Brian Priest outside the Chequers pub in Swinford. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Work starts on painting the Chequers pub Leicester City blue.
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Work starts on painting the Chequers pub Leicester City blue. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Work starts on painting the Chequers pub Leicester City blue.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Work starts on painting the Chequers pub Leicester City blue. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Brian's party at the Chequers pub in Swinford.
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Brian's party at the Chequers pub in Swinford. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER