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1. Quick-thinking publican
The MyLondon news website has an exclusive interview with a south London publican who acted quickly to assist a stabbing victim this week.
Danny Foley, who manages the Market Tavern in Croydon, described what happened when a wounded man came into the pub this week.
He said he used a Heineken-branded scarf to keep pressure on the victim’s injury as they waited for emergency services to arrive.
The victim was rushed to hospital and determined to be in a non life-threatening or life-changing condition.
2. 150th anniversary celebrations
In more cheerful news, a Dundee pub operator has shared his excitement with local media after organising a week of festivities to celebrate his site’s history.
Local newspaper the Evening Telegraph interviewed publican Jonathan Stewart about the site’s history, which dates back to its use as a railway tavern from 1840.
The Royal Arch pub, in the Broughty Ferry suburb, marked its 150th birthday this week with events that included live performances from a Gaelic choir and a jazz duet.
3. Community pub mission
Elsewhere, a group of pubgoers have rallied together to raise funds to buy their village’s only pub, as reported by the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times newspaper.
The Duke of York in Grindleton, Lancashire, has been closed since last year and planning applications to convert it for residential use were recently rejected.
Villagers hope to reopen the site as a community pub, with the newspaper reporting that £270,000 is needed to do this.
4. Sunday success story
The Bristol Post newspaper spoke to an operator whose city centre site has seen its Sunday lunches booked up until late autumn 2020.
The Bank Tavern’s seven tables have all been allocated until 15 November 2020.
Publican Sam Gregory told the newspaper he sympathised with potential customers whom he had had to turn down for a spot.
5. Unique fundraising idea
A licensee of a site in Shropshire has organised a car race of more than 1,500 miles to Gibraltar to raise funds for the Welsh Air Ambulance Service.
Sara Maccall, who runs the Penybont Inn, near Oswestry, told the Powys County Times about the challenge, which she hopes will raise £10,000.
Pairs will race to Gibraltar in British cars worth just £500 and sell them before catching a plane home.