Land­lords of THe Top Rail­way bid fond farewell to reg­u­lars...

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Liam Cole­man Liam.cole­man@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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