Landlords of THe Top Railway bid fond farewell to regulars...
THE landlord and landlady of THe Top Railway in Shepshed have thanked everyone who has made the last two years “fantastic” after they have sadly had to leave the pub for health reasons.
Dy Glover, 52, and her partner Ash Ward, 39, took over the pub in Charnwood Road in 2015 and the couple have raised more than £15,000 for charity with events including Dy being strapped to the wings of a plane, a 1940s party, movie themed nights, a beer raffle and Sunday night karaoke that have became famous amongst locals.
In August, landlady Dy literally went above and beyond to raise funds for the Royal British Legion when she was strapped to a moving plane and completed a nervewracking 700ft ‘wing walk’ - raising more than £2,500 from just this one challenge.
With thanks to donations from pub regulars and almost everyone that came through the pub’s doors the couple have raised £6,000 for the Royal British Legion, and a further £9,000 for other Shepshed charities.
Dy said that a lot of ex servicemen used to come to drink in the pub and that was one of the main reasons that they decided to have the Royal British Legion as the pub’s main chosen charity.
When asked what her favourite part of the last two years has been she said: “It has been fantastic, and I honestly couldn’t tell you what my favourite part of running the pub has been, it has all been brilliant.
“We had never done this before so we didn’t really know what to expect but it has been brilliant.
“Everyone was so welcoming, and we couldn’t have done it without the wonderful support we have had from everyone in Shepshed.
“Sadly because of health reasons I’m going to have to leave, but it means now that we’re going to move out to the country, and it means I can spend all day counting sheep!”
One of the talking points of the pub has been its name, and why it is spelt “THe” instead of ‘the’.
Dy said: “To be honest it was a mistake on Facebook when we first got the pub, but we decided to keep it because it’s always been a talking point and it’s a bit quirky too.”
To celebrate Dy and Ash’s last few days at the pub they held a ‘leaving weekend’ from Friday, September 15 until Sunday, September 17 and it included performances from local band Ska-Amanga, and a special ‘THe Drink THe Top Dry Day’ - where they challenged punters to drink up as much of the stock they had left.
The pub is now closed until further notice.
Pictured is the former landlady and landlord of THe Top Railway, Dy Glover (left) and Ash Ward (right).
Pictured are pub-goers at THe Top Railway enjoying one of the many charity nights.