A Bloxham pub which has been run by the same family for 40 years will celebrate in style with two popular Banbury bands.
Chas and Betty Finch moved into the Elephant & Castle in Humber Street on January 10, 1974 and it is now run by the couple’s son Simon.
In celebration of the milestone he has organised folk rockers Leatherat to play at the pub tomorrow (Friday) at 8.30pm and the Blue Meanies to play on Saturday at 8.30pm. Mr Finch has been in charge of the pub since his dad died in 2008. His mum died in 1982. Mr Finch said: “My parents ran the Globe Hotel in Warwick and found out Hook Norton Brewery was looking for someone to buy the Elephant & Castle.
“They wanted to turn it into a nice, family-run pub which was homely and had a relaxed atmosphere. The building was a little bit dilapidated when they first bought it.”
Work to transform the pub took place between the late 1970s and early 1980s, which included uncovering two original inglenook fireplaces. The building now welcomes many of the village clubs, including badminton and squash. The pub also has its own darts, aunt sally and quiz teams.
Mr Finch said:“I came back to the village about 22 years ago to help my dad over the Christmas period, but I ended up sticking with it. I really enjoy the different challenges – I can be a plumber one day and a carpenter the next!
“Both Leatherat and the Blue Meanies have played here many times so I thought it was natural to have them for this occasion. I am a bit of a rocker myself so it was fitting to have Leatherat, and the Blue Meanies are a local favourite for everyone.
“The pub still has the same atmosphere as when my parents were running it. It has a great community spirit.”