Pub locals and staff push the boat out to raise money - for the lifeboat!

Group shot after charity weekend at pub

Landlords Dave and Sue with RNLI fund-raiser Lynn and Stormy Stan - Credit: Submitted

Pigs, pirates and some of the worst singers in the land made it a fund-raising weekend to remember for the oldest pub in Paignton.

David and Sue Ballinger, owners of the Torbay Inn, arranged the two days of excellent entertainment in aid of RNLI Torbay Lifeboat.

Friday night featured a Pig Race where betting on your favourite pig raised big money. This was followed the next day with a Pirate Day with staff and customers getting into the swing of things dressed in outfits usually seen only in Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Entertainment for the day featured the Beltane Border Morris Dancers and local singer/guitarist Bob Thomson.

The evening was rounded off with a karaoke session where “singers” paid to perform whilst the audience either paid to get them off the stage or in the case of the good ones the crowd had to pay to keep the microphone going.

A wonderful £1,506 was raised for the RNLI with a cheque from Dave and Sue being presented to Lynn Spillett, Chair Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers, together with RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan.

Lynn said: “Dave and Sue together with their staff and regulars really did push the boat out with their fundraising, all of which goes towards keeping our two Torbay lifeboats in Service and providing the crew with the very best of safety equipment. This donation is so very welcome, the Torbay Inn is just inspirational.”

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