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Sheffield’s Red Deer Offers a Free Pint for Polling Card

A Sheffield pub is offering drinkers a free pint if they register to vote, as part of a national scheme.

The city centre’s Red Deer, on Pitt Street, is taking part in the national ‘Vote This Year Get Free Beer’ scheme.
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The Red Deer Pub
The Red Deer Pub

The scheme was originally started in a Bristol pub for the 2016 EU referendum and is now a nationwide programme. This is the first time that the Red Deer has been involved.

Licensee, Jake Nickels, said despite the cost to the pub it’s a price well worth paying:

“It will cost money, but it will cost more if people don’t get involved. The cost is no issue compared to the greater good.”

The Red Deer pub.
52 pubs across the UK are offering a free pint, or equivalent drink, for customers who can prove that they are registered.

“If you look at past couple of elections there’s not been a good representation of society,” he said.

The drive is targeting 18-24 year olds, where voter turnout in previous elections has been low.

A free drink for showing that you have registered to vote.
A free drink for showing that you have registered to vote.

At the 2015 general election, only 43% of people in that group voted.

Registered voters need to bring in an email confirmation of their voter registration, or alternatively their polling card with voter registration ID.

33-year-old Nickels, who has run the pub for seven years, said:

“Your vote does count, feeling apathetic does make you feel like your voice isn’t going to be heard. Register and it will be.”

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    • JasonSoymn
    • October 14, 2020

    Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Free beer. I wanna go now!

    • Amy Soy
    • October 20, 2020

    It is true. If you drink too much FREE beer in this pub before the election you will see a lot of red deer walking all around the Sheffield city centre. Didn’t you know that? Everyone knows that!

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  2. Reply

    I heard about this, decided to Google it and sure enough. In that little pub they were paying students to vote! Just to vote – no strings attached. OMG – Somebody really cared about it so much that they did that?

  3. Hi there! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He always kept chatting about this. He could not believe it when it happened. Fancy being given free beer just to vote and not being told who to vote for? It could only happen in the UK. You Brits sure are a nation of eccentrics!

    I will forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  4. Reply

    I read that the Liberal Party as the most powerful left party in Great Britain, contending with the Conservative Party. Is that correct? Also what is “pint”?

    • seo
    • November 13, 2020

    Can you tell us more about this? I’d care to find out some additional information.

  5. Reply

    Hello. The Raven pub in Bath is another pub that did this around that time. The ‘Vote this year get free beer’ offer had 68 pubs and bars signed up in a bid to get more people interested in politics.

  6. Reply

    each time i read articles or reviews it is well clear their motive. But what is happening
    with this post which I am reading I don’t know. They give away the beer for why?

    • Linda McCauley
    • December 29, 2020

    Red Deer or Red Nose Deer – Rudolf? The deer can buy me a drink any day! Lol!

    • B Dalyell
    • January 25, 2021

    I have kept my Polling Card from that election. Do you think it might one-day be worth some money as ephemera collector’s memorabilia?

    Any help would be really appreciated!

  7. Reply

    Excellent blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring bloggers?

    Your subjects are so quaint, and so British. Just unique.

    How do you think up topics like these to feature? Any tips? Thank you!

  8. Hi! You have Red Deer in UK, but in the US we have white! Of all North America’s large animals, the white-tailed deer is the most widely distributed and the most numerous. Its range extends from the southern tip of the continent northward well into the boreal, or northern coniferous, forest.

    • Kate
    • May 1, 2021

    Hey Guys! Good covid News! BrewDog in Scotland pledges to buy customers a drink when bars re-open – here’s how to claim your free pint. Get a free pint!

    • Judy Green
    • May 2, 2021

    The Hyenas will be out drinking straight away as soon as they re-open after the lockdown as if that’s the only thing to do.

    These pathetic, immature people are what is so, so wrong with this now lousy country- GROW-UP!

    1. Reply

      What is immature about going for a pint with friends after months apart? Did you ever think that possibly it’s people like you who think that other people’s choices have anything to do with you, that could be what’s wrong with the world?

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