400th birthday party of The Wheatsheaf Inn in Raby

PUBLISHED: 01:16 29 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013

Tina Spriggs and Paul Askew

Tina Spriggs and Paul Askew

Masterchef The Professionals winner Claire Lara and broadcaster Pete Price were the celebrity guests at a special gala night to mark the 400th birthday of a The Wheatsheaf Inn in Raby and the launch of its new charitable group.

Masterchef The Professionals winner Claire Lara and broadcaster Pete Price were the celebrity guests at a special gala night to mark the 400th birthday of a The Wheatsheaf Inn in Raby and the launch of its new charitable group.


The 400 Foundation will raise money for local causes. The launch night, as well as a barbeque and a farmers market all held over a few days, raised more than 4,500 for the foundation. A special beer, 400 Not Out, was created by Neil Young from Brimstage Brewery and bands performed.


The foundation is the brainchild of co-owners Phil and Kelly Davies and Chip Cobb as well as staff and customers.


Phil said: The local community has supported us for the past 400 years and it was about time we gave something back. Its not about forcing people to donate constantly; its about having lots of fun and raising money at the same time.


The money could help to buy a piece of equipment for a community centre or it could be split between several local charities. Its exciting for us to be able to do it.


Several events will be held throughout the anniversary year including an art competition and clay pigeon shooting event.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL SWEENEY

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