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Warwickshire licensee awarded British Empire Medal for services to charity

By Adam Pescod , 02-Jan-2013
Last updated on 02-Jan-2013 at 15:16 GMT2013-01-02T15:16:34Z

Honours: Queen awards pub landlord for charity fundraising

Honours: Queen awards pub landlord for charity fundraising

A Warwickshire licensee has spoken of his delight after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list last week.

Lino Pires, who has owned the Butcher’s Arms in Priors Hardwick for 40 years, was recognised for his services to charity having raised over £500,000 for a range of causes including a cancer research programme at a local hospital.

Speaking to the PMA this morning, the 79-year-old Portuguese said it was an “honour” to be recognised by the Queen and told the PMA he hopes to raise even more money for charity with an increase in trade at the pub.

“I am absolutely delighted,” said Pires. “It is an honour and the first time that a guy from Portugal has got something.”

He added: “I lost my wife four years ago and I feel sorry that she couldn’t share this with me.

“This would not have been possible without my customers at the end of the day, so it is not just an award for me, it is for them too. We are all in this together.

“We did 250 covers yesterday and I have had so many emails congratulating me on the award. Hopefully we will see a further boost in trade.”

Pires will be awarded the medal at a ceremony later this year.