Attention! Mike helps our heroes

Mike and Tracy Hall, landlord and landlady of the Royal Oak, Standish Lower Ground, who are holding 'The Royal Tug' lorry pull event to raise money for Help For Heroes
Mike and Tracy Hall, landlord and landlady of the Royal Oak, Standish Lower Ground, who are holding 'The Royal Tug' lorry pull event to raise money for Help For Heroes

A FORMER sergeant major turned pub landlord is challenging Wiganers to show him what they are made of in a charity event with a difference.

Mike Hall, who recently took over the Royal Oak pub, in Standish Lower Ground, will be hosting a truck pull event next month and is appealing for people who think they have got what it takes to come forward.

The event, which will raise money for Help For Heroes, will see three categories of teams, and eight member men’s team, an eight member women’s team followed by a Best of the Best category for individuals who think they’re strong enough to take on the truck by themselves.

Mike, who runs the pub with his wife, Tracy, and youngest daughter, Anja, 21, said: “In the military if you do something for charity you always do something that’s off the beaten track which is why I’ve chosen the truck pull because it’s something a bit different.

“I pitched the idea to the regulars and the feedback I got was quite positive so we decided to go with that. People have been very interested so far and I’m quite confident that it’ll be a great day.”

Mike, 46, served in the army for 22 years and retired in December.

He joined the Forces as a private and worked his way up to be a sergeant major in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

He and his wife, who also have a 23-year-old daughter, Terri, who is in the army, have been talking about running their own pub for a number of years. And since taking on the Royal Oak, Mike says he has seen how community-minded the people are.

He said: “I am originally from Middleton, so I’m not completely familiar with the area but I’ve already seen how keen the local people are to do what they can for charity. They are also extremely generous when it comes to giving to charity as well, so when I suggested the idea to them they were all really supportive of it.

“Help For Heroes is a great cause because it supports all of the armed forces, not just the navy or the army.

“I have done a bit of work with them before and have seen how people can go from being at the top of their fitness to coming back basically broken in the blink of an eye,

“I met a lad who had lost both of his legs, his right arm and one of his eyes and seeing how positive he was really humbling and put things into perspective.”

As well as the truck pull, which will be on August 20, Mike is also trying to get the rest of the community involved too and is hoping to get the local church running a tombola and local teachers doing face painting for the children.

If anyone would like to enter a team or find out more about the event they can either ring the pub on 01942 375778 or add Royal Oak SLG as a friend on Facebook.