What a day to remember!

Here’s a story carried in The Guardian, but we had our own reporter/photographer there too!

Rob Coles joined in the week-end celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the re-opening of the 400 year old Packhorse in South Stoke near Bath.

This follows the ‘buy-back’ of the pub following the raising of more than a million pounds in what was claimed to be the biggest community ‘buy back’ in British pub history.

Rob tells me that over three days there was music by Packhorse favourites and those making their debut appearance. 

Brian Perkins and Landlord James Dixon with celebration cake

On Saturday, at noon, a celebration cake was cut by Brian Perkins who was born in the Packhorse in 1930.

Brian Perkins points to the room in which he was born

Members of his family had been landlords since the early 1900’s.   

Brian had many stories to tell of life in the pub – especially in war time when both white and black GI’s were customers, but – in a sad reflection of the times – on different nights!

Thanks for the pictures and the story Rob!