A PUB has thanked a musician after he put money behind the bar to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Paul Heaton, who was previously a member of the Beautiful South, chose The Duke of Wellington pub in Brighton Road, Shoreham, as one of the pubs to benefit from his generous birthday gift.

The 60-year-old announced that he was putting money behind the bar of 60 pubs for people to enjoy “before the money runs out or the bar runs dry”.

The Duke of Wellington was the only pub in Sussex to be chosen by the star.

A spokesman for the much-loved boozer said: “Happy 60th birthday and a big thank you to Paul Heaton for his generous birthday party funding today.

“The Duke of Wellington was one of 60 pubs he donated to for customers to join in the celebrations.”

Others on the list included pubs in Liverpool, Manchester, three in Hull and several across Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

A spokesman for the Facebook group Shoreham Life said it was “brilliant” that the Shoreham pub was among the select few chosen to be part of Paul’s celebrations.

He said: “Well, how damn cool is Paul Heaton. Thank you for treating customers at the Duke of Wellington to the drinks.

“What a fine gentleman. How, how about a live gig in Shoreham?”

Bedlam Brewery, which supplies the Duke of Wellington, said it was “great” that the venue had been chosen.

It said: “The brilliant Paul Heaton put some money behind the bar at a group pf pub including our customer The Duke of Wellington. Raise a Bedlam for Paul’s birthday.”

Many happy customers share their snaps enjoying their free drink on social media.

Anthony Sheehan said: “Cheers Paul, have a great day from the Duke of Wellington in Shoreham.”

Sarah, a teacher from Brighton, said: “Having a drink on the wonderful Paul Heaton to celebrate his 60th birthday.

“A fantastic lyricist, a brilliant performer and – mostly- a top, top person. Cheers, Paul.”

Posting on social media, popstar Paul said that the generous offer was to “bring people together” and give fans a “wee party, as we come out of covid and hit potential financial struggles”.