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Turlock pub to honor namesake on St. Patrick’s Day

POSTED March 11, 2011 10:56 p.m.

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day while contributing to cancer awareness and research at Wellington’s British Pub & Restaurant in downtown Turlock.

While better known for its sizeable Swedish, Portuguese and Assyrian enclaves, Turlockers of all cultural identities shirk their ethnic identities once every year when it’s time to don the Green and let their Irish side preside.

Wellington’s will help Turlockers celebrate St. Patrick’s day by delivering ample portions of hearty Irish food, pouring the perfect pints of Guinness stout and glasses of green beer and staging traditional Irish music performed at intervals during the day by no fewer than three different bands and a bagpiper. The funfest will commence at 11 a.m. on Thursday and continue on until the wee hours of the following morning. There is no cover charge.

The event will also provide a backdrop for a Relay for Life fundraiser with proceeds from the sale of strings of green shamrock beads going to the American Cancer Society.

As a British pub, Wellington’s has no equal locally in its ability to stage a proper St. Paddy’s Day celebration what with 15 imported and domestic beers on tap, a large selection of bottled brews, aged Irish whiskeys and an extensive menu that includes a plethora of Irish foods and appetizers – including specials just for this day.

Wellington’s has been the unofficial center of Turlock’s St. Patrick’s Day excitement every year since it opened in 1999, commandeering the enviable role in recognition of its namesake, the Duke of Wellington. Few people know that the good duke, whose real name was Arthur Wellesley, was born in Ireland and gained international fame and acclaim as the British military leader who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

An independently owned and operated British pub, Wellington’s occupies the old Southern Pacific Railroad station at the corner of Main Street and Golden State Boulevard in central Turlock.

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