A pub landlord has been thanked by an RNLI station in Northern Ireland for a quarter of a century of fundraising.
Ulsterman Richard Talbot, who has owned and run the Cock and Bottle in Notting Hill for 25 years. In that time and with the help of staff and regulars, he has raised £13,000 for the RNLI in the seaside town of Donaghadee, in Northern Ireland.
It is town where he and his wife Alberta came from, and Mr Talbot received a certificate of thanks and plaque when he paid a visit to the lifeboat station on Sunday (July 13).
Speaking back at the Cock and Bottle, he explained why the pub raised the money. He said: “It's because we firmly believe in the life boat institution. It's a completely voluntary thing so we're trying to help them. Myself and my wife both come from there and we like to support them and support them.”
The 63-year-old said the presentation came out of the blue, but that he should not be praised: He said: “I was in Ireland and I got called down to the station – it was a complete surprise, but a nice surprise. I had no idea. But this isn't for me and my wife, it's for the punters, they do it and they raise the money, I just happen to look after it.”
Mr Talbot said money is collected at the Needham Road pub on a daily bases for the charity. He said: "Lunchtime tips and money found by cleaners all go into the lifeboat fun. But we have also raised money by holding pub quizzes and the sale of pub cigarette lighters – the customers are quite imaginative."