Pub declares independence from the UK

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Independent operator: the Cross Keys in Somerset will "surrender back into the UK" on 9 September
Independent operator: the Cross Keys in Somerset will "surrender back into the UK" on 9 September
The owners of Somerset pub the Cross Keys Inn at Lydford-on-Fosse have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to let her know they intend to secede from the United Kingdom.

The pub will declare itself an “INNdependent RePUBlic” from Friday 7 September to Sunday 9 September to mark the owners’ fifth anniversary at the venue and to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil.

The Grand 5th​ Anniversary event on the pub’s Facebook page states: “In aid of St Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil, the Cross Keys Inn are declaring themselves an INNdependent, rePUBlic for the weekend. A weekend of lighthearted fun with music, food, drink and lots of activities. Get your passport at the door and enter a world where everything is awesome and happiness reigns.”

Pub owner David Grindley commented: “We wanted to do something special for our fifth anniversary, it’s all very tongue in cheek and lighthearted.

“We’ll declare ourselves an INNdependent RePUBlic state on Friday (7 September) evening – we’ll be choosing a cabinet, president and first lady on the night and we have a national anthem written by one of our locals.

“Then we’ll party on through the weekend with music, theatre, fun and games until we surrender to the mother country on Sunday afternoon. MP David Warburton has kindly agreed to visit the pub on the Sunday to accept our surrender back into the UK.

“We want people to come and enjoy a real family party atmosphere over the whole weekend. We have bands playing on all three days and lots of great activities and entertainment, hopefully something to suit everyone.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’ll be raising as much money as we can for St Margaret’s Hospice, who do a marvellous job caring for patients in Somerset.”

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