Saturday, 21 October 2017

Villagers celebrate anniversary of saving their local

THE tenth anniversary of the re-opening of a pub in Kingwood Common was celebrated on Thursday last week.

THE tenth anniversary of the re-opening of a pub in Kingwood Common was celebrated on Thursday last week.

About 150 people attended a party at the Unicorn in Colmore Lane

Landlords Lolly and Doug Green decided to celebrate after locals reminded them of the anniversary.

“It is a fabulous pub,” said Mrs Green. “It is probably one of the best supported local pubs in the area because it is a proper pub, a real drinkers’ pub.”

To mark the anniversary, Brakspear brewed a special Unicorn bitter at its microbrewery at the Bull in Bell Street, Henley. Musician John James Newman performed in the beer garden where a barbecue was held.

Carole Tanner, whose late mother Beatrice Evans cut the ribbon to re-open the pub in 2003, attended the celebration with a group of friends and family.

She said she had fond memories of going to the Unicorn when she was a child and she continues to visit most Sundays even though she now lives in Didcot.

“It is part of the community,” she said. “It is very friendly and all our family always come up here so it still feels very local for us.” Pub regular Lynda Hawkins, from Rotherfield Greys, brought along a group of friends and family, including her 92-year-old mother, Betty Stanier, who lives in Derbyshire.

Tim Norman and Steve Lee were landlords when Brakspear closed the struggling pub and tried to turn it into a house.

It was saved following a campaign by villagers, who formed the Friends of the Unicorn and raised £320,000.

Mr Norman and Mr Lee held the lease until 2009, when they were replaced by Janie and Paul Knight. The Greens took over in September 2011.

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