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Landlord’s jet ski charity challenge

Yates's general manager Craig Southall takes on a charity challenge to be pulled through the sea on a jet ski for Variety The Children's Charity

Yates's general manager Craig Southall takes on a charity challenge to be pulled through the sea on a jet ski for Variety The Children's Charity

Landlords across the Fylde coast took on challenges from the sublime to the ridiculous for a children’s charity - including being pulled through the sea by a jet ski.

Pubs and venues in Blackpool and Poulton welcomed Variety, The Children’s Charity on to their premises as part of a national ‘pub crawl’ fund-raiser, each hosting their own events to encourage donations.

The Blackpool leg of Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour (BBPT) used a jet ski, horse and cart, quad bike, push bike, Cinderella carriage, open top car and trolley to transport a giant BBPT passport around the town.

All of Stonegate Pub Company’s 260 pubs and bars across the country are taking part in the 5,555-mile journey of the passport to raise money for the charity, which has a base in Blackpool.

Daring Craig Southall, general manager of Yates’s on Market Street, went all out, being pulled through Blackpool’s sea to carry the passport. He said: “It was definitely an odd way of transporting the passport, equal parts exhilarating and exhausting.

“Beach Patrol did a great job looking after me, it was very kind of them to help us support Variety, The Children’s Charity.”

The two-day event, on July 10 and 11, saw landlords from Poulton to South Shore raise hundreds for the charity, which provides equipment and experiences for children with disabilities, illnesses or from deprived backgrounds.

Staff at Molloy’s on Talbot Road travelled the distance of the English Channel on a rowing machine in their bar to raise money for the charity before the passport was taken from their pub to the Manchester on the Promenade by Cinderella carriage.

Manager of Molloy’s in Blackpool Stuart Hiley said: “All the pubs in Blackpool really got behind raising money for Variety.”

Staff at Reflex walked the passport down to Yates’s on Market Street before Mr Southall transported the passport on a jet ski to the Dutton Arms on South Promenade before the passport travelled along the beach on a donkey ride. And Mr Southall’s dare devil colleague Amy Bowe, deputy manager of Yates’s, took on a skydive challenge with friend Gemma Lockey, general manager of Flares, on July 13, as part of the fund-raising efforts by the pubs.

The passport will continue its tour around the country until September 26.

 

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