A CHARITY pub crawler is deciding whether to hang up his drinking boots after a final visit to his favourite island.

Peter Hill started his marathon in 1984 when Banks's Brewery released a map of 300 pubs.

Since then, he has popped into thousands of taverns across the UK and, for the last seven years, he has been visiting 69 different islands around the country.

Peter, from the Midlands, is part of the Black Country Ale Tairsters, and has visited the Isle of Wight five times during his mammoth crawl.

He returned here on his final trip because he said: "Out of all the islands, this was my favourite."

He visited the Castle Inn, Newport, with fellow Tairsters Lionel Randall and John Oakes, the 21,393rd on his list, before finishing up at the Ship and Castle, East Cowes.

At each venue, the West Bromwich retired-engineer collects a menu, makes a note of the decor, gets a book signed by the landlord, and asks them for £1 for charity. He then files away the information in what has now become 220 lever arch files, in his home.

Peter, 63, said: "I've finished my last island a couple of weeks ago when I visited the Orkneys at North Ronaldsay, but I wanted to return here because it was the best."

However, he said it may not be the end of his quest, and said: "There is a much easier task of possibly completing the remainder of all the Red Lion pubs, Wetherspoons or pubs in the Good Beer Guide ­— I've yet to make my mind up."