Tragic end to landlord hunt

Former landlord Rod Davies, Robin Hood pub, Bolton Road, Ashton
Former landlord Rod Davies, Robin Hood pub, Bolton Road, Ashton

A FORMER Wigan landlord has been found dead - more than a week after he was reported missing.

Rod Davies for many years ran the Robin Hood pub in Ashton and many of his family members still live in the area.

He had moved down to the Shropshire town of Oswestry a few years ago to work there instead.

And it was from his new pub, The Butcher’s Arms, that he vanished last month. It later emerged that he had left without a mobile phone, passport, car keys and debit cards.

He had been last seen walking out of there on the lunchtime of Friday June 19 but was only reported missing two days later.

Police put out an appeal in the local media along with a description and picture. And daughter Rebecca Davies, who still lives in Ashton as do two other daughters, made her own emotional call for help on Facebook saying that he was in a “fragile state”.

But on June 30, the family’s worst fears were confirmed when emergency services were called to an address in Broomhill Lane, Oswestry, after a body, which was later confirmed as that of 51-year-old Mr Davies, was found.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and the matter has been referred to the Shropshire coroner.

Rebecca has since taken to social media again to pay tribute, and show that she has had a tattoo from her dad’s favourite song No Surprises by Radiohead put on her arm.

She wrote: “RIP Daddio. I can’t believe you’re actually gone, best dad I could ask for I hope you’re finally at rest I love you more than you’ll ever know. Thanks to everyone who’s asked and helped out this past week.”

Mr Davies made regular appearances in the Wigan Evening Post over the year, not least as chairman of Ashton’s Pubwatch scheme but also through organising musical and charity events.

Former door security firm boss Mick Lyons, who also lives in Ashton, said: “We were really sad to hear about Rod.

“He was a really good guy. It’s a tragedy.”

Mr Davies’s funeral takes place at Wigan Crematorium at 10.30am on Tuesday followed by a wake at the Golden Lion in Ashton.