IT SHOULD have been Cassie Jane Buckley’s wedding day.

Instead, the Port Mahon landlady was serving pints.

In a nod to what the day would have been, the landlady donned her bridal veil as she welcomed customers back to the St Clements pub on Saturday.

And she insisted that, while it was a celebration of a different kind, she was 'delighted' to see punters return.

She said: "I'm a social creature so lockdown went against my very being.

"We were so happy to have people back and it went really well.

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"A lot of hard work went into making sure everybody stayed safe and the number of customers was nice and steady throughout the day."

She added: "I think people are still a bit cautious about coming out and everybody is still getting used to the changes."

The landlady, who has been running the Port Mahon since October 2018, said the veil proved a good conversation starter with customers and there was a lot of 'sympathy and thanks' for reopening.

Her wedding to landlord Johnnie Fisher has been postponed until next May, when she is hoping things will have mostly returned to normal.

The pair's other St Clements pub the Half Moon has yet to reopen, with Miss Buckley explaining that they wanted to focus on each pub separately to ensure responsible processes were in place. 

The Port Mahon will be open until 11pm every day.