Punters invited to pull pints at Newton pub for charity

Darren and Sandie Harrington

Darren and Sandie Harrington

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Punters at a village pub are swapping places with the owners to help raise money for charity.

Sandie and Dan Harrington, who run The Stag and Pheasant in Newton are challenging their regulars to come up with ideas to bring in the crowds.

The tables will be turned on Saturdays over a four-month period from April to July with proceeds going to worthwhile causes.

Sandie said: “We thought it would be a fun challenge for our regulars to take over the running of the pub.

“People are asked to come up with a charity they want to help and try and raise as much money as possible.”

The couple want people to come up with fun and varied ideas.

“Since we launched Pub Challenge it’s got bigger than just locals and we have national charities and international companies also taking part.”

There will be a presentation at the end for the couple who take the most money over the bar and a prize for the most money raised for charity.

“We have an outside licence if needed,” added Sandie.

“There’s been quite a lot of interest so far. I don’t know of any other pub who has let their punters take the reins like this.

“It will be really interesting to see the different ideas our locals come up with.”

Declan Coyle is having his turn at running the pub on July 11.

He said: “I’m organising a fun day/evening to coincide with the ten year anniversary of the death of Joe Spooner, who lived in Newbold.

“I will also be donating to a mental health charity. I have lots of fun stuff to be revealed, but any raffle prizes or donations will be gratefully received.”

Telephone the Stag & Pheasant, Main Street for more information on 077854 68255.