Big-hearted Wigan pubs’ charity awards

The Balcarres Arms, Haigh and The Crown Hotel in New Springs, have been awarded with community citations

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 7:00 am

Two pubs who swapped cask ales for charity chocolates have been honoured.

The Balcarres Arms, Haigh and The Crown Hotel in New Springs, decided to spread some seasonal cheer by collecting Easter eggs to distribute to groups.

The businesses came in for special praise because this happened when they and their industry in general has been so badly affected by the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions.

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Lynn and Steve Salter (front) with councillors Chris Ready and Ron Conway (back) and community officer Laura Flynn outside The Crown Hotel
Lynn and Steve Salter (front) with councillors Chris Ready and Ron Conway (back) and community officer Laura Flynn outside The Crown Hotel

Awarding the pubs with community citations were proud councillors Chris Ready and Ron Conway, along with Aspull New Springs Whelley community officer Laura Flynn.

She said: “What a magnificent achievement from the licensees Carl and Sharon Connolly at The Balcarres, and Stephen and Lynn Salter at The Crown.

“It’s been a difficult year for everyone, but the hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard.

“For these pubs to put their own troubles behind them and think of others makes this even more laudable.”

Carl and Sharon Connolly stand near the entrance of The Balcarres Arms, alongside Ms Flynn and councillors Conway and Ready.

Coun Ready said that he had known both sets of publicans, Steve and Lynn along with Carl and Sharon “for decades”.

He said: “I know how much they’ve done for charity over the years, but always on the quiet with no recognition.

“So we wanted to change that and give them a token of our thanks.”

Coun Conway said it was what made the community the best.

Sharon Connolly, landlady at The Balcarres Arms, said: “This is a great honour.

“I am speechless. It’s great to help people our area is so special with everybody pulling together.”

Lynn Salter, landlady at The Crown Hotel, said: “What a great gesture from our local councillors.

“Our pub is more like a community centre at the heart of New Springs and it means a lot to us to have received this award.”

In a post on Facebook, the Aspull, New Springs and Whelley Labour branch added: “Well done to the Balcarres Arms and The Crown Hotel for all their charity work during the pandemic, awards will be going to the Friends of Haigh country park and the one house

“Can we thank everyone for their nominations for these brilliant people.

“It costs nothing to say thank you.”

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