White Lion roars in with £5k for town

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 09 November 2012 Updated: 09/11 11:42

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LICENSEES at an Alcester pub have been commended for serving up plenty of community spirit.

The White Lion was named regional finalist in the Enterprise Inns Community Hero Awards, earning Sharon Walker and David Lloyd £5,000 to spend in the community.

The money will be split equally across the project to revitalise the War Memorial Town Hall and the Pavilion, which will be formally opened later this month.

Alcester mayor Lennox Cumberbatch said: "The Town Hall is well used by the community and visitors who come into the town to see it. We thought it was best to spend some of the money towards completing that job.

"The second sum of money will be used at the Pavilion where there is a community section and a section called The Depot for young people in the town. It will ensure the resources and the building itself are completed as quickly as possible.

"I would like to thank the White Lion for putting in initially for this grant and for winning it on behalf of the community."

As well as the licensees - who have run the Evesham street pub for eight years - putting in a bid for the title based on their community work, visitors were also given the chance to have their say.

Comments focused on how welcoming the pair were, their regular community events and the money they raised for charity.

Ms Walker said: "We are absolutely over the moon to win the money for Alcester."

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