Tributes paid to Pubwatch founder Raoul De Vaux

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Tributes have been paid to National Pubwatch founder and trade stalwart Raoul De Vaux who has died.

De Vaux was one of the founding members of National Pubwatch and its chairman until his retirement in 2007.

During his working life he spent time in the merchant navy and the police but is best known to the trade as a licensee of the Red Lion in Westminster.

A founding member of the National Association of Licensed House Managers (now Licensees Unite) he became their President in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to the pub and hospitality trade.

De Vaux founded the National Pubwatch Scheme, together with Bill Stone and the late Malcolm Eidmans in 1997 and many of the early meetings took place in the small upstairs dining room of the Red Lion.

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Steve Baker, current chairman of National Pubwatch, said “Raoul was a larger than life character, but a very practical man. He understood the problems faced by licensees who have to deal with the small minority of customers who can damage their businesses.

"It’s a tribute to his communication skill; drive and commitment that he managed to get the scheme off the ground and laid the foundations for our future success. National Pubwatch and the Pubwatch community have a great deal to thank him for."

Dave Daly, vice chairman of Licensees Unite, added that De Vaux was an inspiration to members across the country.

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Posted by Stewart & Sue West,

We trained under Raoul at The Golden Lion in Romford in 1977 and we followed his methods till we left the trade in 2007,our condolences to Jane and his daughter

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Posted by Bill Stone,

I will miss my long time friend and colleague. We were founders of the National Association of public house managers and National pubwatch. I am proud to have nominated him for the OBE which he received.Active as ever he send me a enquiring email the day before he died. We will continue to keep the spirit of both Raoul and our co-founder Malcolm Eidmans alive with the continuing success of National Pubwatch. Raoul and I were also early active members of the BII. These major licensed trade constitutions came from the same crucible which included Raoul and I.

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