Coopers Town House, the legendary little red pub in Liverpool city centre , has opened its doors to the ECHO.

The tiny Clayton Square institution became an unlikely viral sensation last month when its 鈥楽unday Girls鈥?were filmed dancing to Y Viva Espana with a variety of inflatable props.

When the ECHO visited last Friday it was clear this was not a one off occasion. Coopers is completely crazy and a lot of fun.

It is rammed, raucous and full of incredible characters. And it is only 1.45pm.

Owner Maria Hodges, 57, has been at Coopers for 26 years.

She said: 鈥淚t was all my husband鈥檚 idea. He died six years ago. He built it from nothing. It wasn鈥檛 taking a penny. When we first came in Clayton Square was all boarded up and it just started picking up.?/p>

Now, it鈥檚 booming.

Landlady Maria Hodges, left, Steve Keegan, centre, and Maria Azzopardi, right, opened to doors to the ECHO for a look inside Coopers Town House pub next to Clayton Square on a typical afternoon in Liverpool's city centre. Photo by James Maloney

Maria added: 鈥淭he staff are brilliant. You could be having the worst day on earth but you come in here and something makes you laugh.

鈥淵ou come in for an hour and you get 鈥楥oopered鈥? The whole of the pub embraces the atmosphere.

鈥淭here鈥檚 no pretensions. Everyone鈥檚 out to have a good time. If you can鈥檛 go out and have a good time there鈥檚 no point in going out.?/p>

And what鈥檚 the reason behind it鈥檚 success? The staff say Coopers did things differently.

They had talent competitions with a clap-o-meter before anyone else.

Maria says: 鈥淏ernie Wenton was a judge one year. He won Stars in Your Eyes as Nat King Cole.?/p>

They celebrate St George鈥檚 Day, they鈥檙e good to the veterans and there鈥檚 a pensioners party every February where you can win £500 Asda vouchers.

The atmosphere is said to be so good it even has healing powers.

A pubgoer told me a customer came in on crutches and had such a good time that they left without them. Never mind the miracle of Lourdes, it鈥檚 the miracle of Coopers.

Most of the staff are part of Maria鈥檚 family - or the family of the licensee (also called Maria).

Maria鈥檚 daughter Kerri, now 39, has been singing at Coopers since she was a child. She lived upstairs and her mum would let her come down to sing with the Irish band.

The people who go to Coopers are all up for a laugh.

As I try to pick my way through the crowd, Ian Cook - known as Cookie - tells me I鈥檝e 鈥減icked a quiet day鈥?

He said: 鈥淲hen the offices get out at around 4 it鈥檚 like the witching hour.?/p>

Coopers' regulars including Ian 鈥楥ookie鈥?Cook on the right Photo by James Maloney

Jim Smith, 84, has been coming from Tuebrook for 鈥渁 number of years鈥? He comes at 12.30 once a week - you have to come early to get a seat.

Terry Manning, 72, runs the website Terrier World and used to show dogs professionally. He鈥檚 here every Friday.

He said: 鈥淭here鈥檚 entertainment on, provided by all the people here.

鈥淭he staff are absolutely fabulous. They look after all the people who come here.?/p>

The people here, he said, are 鈥渢he salt of the earth鈥?and helped him get his confidence back to sing in public.

Someone with no lack of confidence is Jimmy Hackett, the 鈥渙ver 21鈥?former member of Militant.

A key figure in the 80s he said: 鈥淟iverpool is the deathbed of capitalism and the birthplace of socialism.?/p>

Coopers' regulars including Jimmy Hackett in purple tie and Terry Manning on the right Photo by James Maloney

There鈥檚 a softer side to Jimmy. At Coopers, he鈥檚 fantastic on karaoke, and a friend calls him 鈥淟iverpool鈥檚 Frank Sinatra鈥?

He said of Coopers: 鈥淲e鈥檝e got singers who could win the X Factor, win Britain鈥檚 Got Talent. The thing that鈥檚 working against us is our age.

鈥淚t鈥檚 fantastic in this place. I lost my daughter two weeks before Christmas last year, a terrible thing. But I鈥檝e always believed if you鈥檝e got a sense of humour you can defeat anything.?/p>