Ten years of fond memories at a popular village pub near Louth have been poured into a new book to raise money for two worthwhile local causes.
The Railway Tavern in Aby celebrated a decade of being at the heart of the community in December 2012, and the milestone has been marked by the release of ‘The Railway Tavern - The Story So Far’ earlier this month.
Dawn Jacklin, who owns the pub along with her husband Keith and daughter Holly, has spent two years painstakingly revisiting old diaries and tapping into the memories of the regulars to create the book which will be sold to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Callum’s Wish.
Stand out memories include a festive calamity where a huge inflatable Santa Claus took off in the wind, taking most of the pub’s guttering with it!
“We wanted to do something different and with money being tight we thought we’d try to do some fundraising through the year,” Dawn explained.
“When we took over the pub ten years ago it was cold and damp having been closed for a year, the village had been without a pub so we tried to come up with different events to bring people together.
“Luckily I kept a diary of those early days and in our recent get togethers we’ve asked the regulars to recall their own memories.”
“The charities have always been close to our hearts, as a rural area we rely on the air ambulance and Callum’s Wish was set up in memory of our nephew.”
‘The Railway Tavern - The Story So Far’ is available from the pub for £12 per copy, and all money raised from the book sales will be divided equally between the two charities.