Father and son duo Robert McAleer Senior and Junior are leaving the Douglas pub they have run for over a decade.

The pair have announced they are to depart the Thirsty Pigeon on Victoria Street after opening the freehouse in late 2013.

Posting on Facebook they said: ‘It is with mixed emotions we announce that after 10 years, our time at The Thirty Pigeon has come to an end.

‘The last 10 years at The Thirsty Pigeon have been a blessing, the friendships and relationships we’ve built we’ll cherish forever.

‘We’ll forever be in debt to our amazing Pigeon family.

‘We have the utmost respect for everyone fighting for their business in this difficult time and wish everyone the happiness we’ve experienced over our tenure at the Pigeon and beyond.

‘We leave the Pigeon with fond memories and an immense pride to have been a part of the Douglas pub life.

We’d like to wish our successors at 38/40 Victoria Street all the very best for the future.

‘We hope you can enjoy the success we did and look forward to seeing you on the right side of the bar.

‘Finally, Rob Jr and Tamara wish to remind you that Refuge [on Athol Street] is still thriving and are looking forward to welcoming everyone soon.’

When the McAleers first took on the lease at the former bank, Rob Sr was running the Victoria Tavern located further down Victoria Street.

That was named after the original Victoria Tavern, later the Dog’s Home, which was run by Rob Sr’s parents Peter and Muriel.

Rob Sr revealed how he came up with the name The Thirsty Pigeon.

‘I was in the swimming pool in Lanzarote and I turned around and there was a pigeon lapping around at the side of the pool and I said ‘‘that’s it!”’