Evening Gazette:

A Saltburn inventor will be pitching his unique beermats to industry heavyweights in London next week.

Simon Hartley, 38, invented the Drink Bouncer – a beer mat which is placed on top of drinks when the customer goes to the toilet or when smokers go outside.

Simon said: “I came up with the idea before the smoking ban came in, though I had been thinking about it for a while.

“It’s to stop pints going missing or being collected when you go out for a cigarette or to the toilets.

“Plus it saves landlords having to replace those pints for free.”

Simon will have his own stall at the show for three and a half days and is hoping that big breweries will sign up to the idea by sponsoring the mats which will then be free to pubs.

Photo by Drink Bouncer.

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