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EVANS: I'M OFF TO THE BOOZER.

Byline: Mark McGivern

EVANS drowned his sorrows with six pints at his local last night.

He sat in the boozer with wife Billie just hours after taking a battering from a High Court judge over his drinking habits.

The TV tycoon said as he entered the White Horse: "I've just come out for a quiet pint."

But he downed six pints in a party atmosphere with pals in the village of Hascombe, near Godalming, Surrey, near his pounds 6.5million country estate, where he spent much of his time while off "sick" from Virgin Radio.

This led to his sacking and yesterday's court case.

But despite losing the case he seemed to be a man without a care in the world as he sat with his arm round Billie chatting to pals.

As he left the pub someone asked him: "Have you had a good day?"

He replied: "I always have a good day but businesswise it was a bit hard."

It was Evans's second pub visit of the day - he had earlier popped into the Slug and Lettuce near Godalming station for a pint of cola with a couple of friends after travelling home from London by train.

But he was already counting the pennies, spurning a chauffeur-driven limousine and walking to London's Waterloo Station where he bought a pounds 9.20 train ticket for the 35-mile journey back to Godalming.

He phoned Billie to ask her to pick him up there.

But when she called him to say photographers were waiting, they changed plan.

Billie drove off in her blue Range Rover and her husband slipped out of the station and went to the nearby Slug and Lettuce with a couple of pals where he ordered a soft drink.

When news got around that the star was there, he abandoned his drink and made a hasty exit through the back door.

Last night, friends said he was unlikely to appeal against the court decision.

One said: "He lost big time and that's it."
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Date:Jun 27, 2003
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