LANDLORD Vic Hanson has bought the Whitburn pub he has twice managed.
The 69-year-old was a tenant at the Jolly Sailor for five years from 1988.
He went on to manage a series of boozers in Sunderland before being offered a return in 2007.
Now, five years after his happy second coming, he has bought it from Punch Taverns.
Vic said: “As soon as I walked through the door again I felt like I was home.
“I said to my wife, ‘I’m going to keep it’, and I always felt I would.
“I kept on at the brewery to sell it to me and eventually they did.
“I’m very proud of what we have done here.
“In a way I feel we look after the people of Whitburn.”
Vic paid Punch more than £210,000 for the East Street real ale watering hole.
The former florist, who ran shops in Sunderland and South Shields with his wife Susan in the 1980s, has carried out a full refurbishment.
He employs four staff and his brother Charles, 65, also helps out.
Vic is soon to name one of the restaurant rooms after his beloved dog Bobby, who died in December.