The popular landlady of a Banbury pub is preparing to leave a lasting legacy before she moves back home to the Far East.
Lan Xi of China and her husband Ming Lin from Taiwan have run The Wheatsheaf in George Street for the past seven years, but this Saturday they are saying their goodbyes to the town with a big leaving do before they move to China.
The pair wanted to make sure they left something behind for their regulars and the local community and, with Ms Lan as the driving force, they have decided to put funds raised for the past two years through a weekly bonus ball lottery towards a CCTV camera in George Street.
Ms Lan said: “I’ve been thinking about what to do with the money for a long time and I wanted it to be something unique and special for the town. I really think it’s going to protect my regulars and it will improve safety and reduce anti social behaviour.”
Ms Lan said she has always had a good relationship with the police. “When we first took over the pub, Thames Valley Police really helped us a lot.
“I haven’t had to call them for a long time but at the beginning they always helped us out if we had any trouble makers and helped us make the pub safer. They have done a brilliant job,” she said.
So far, the pub has raised a total of £1,200 and the aim is to donate at least £1,500 after the party on Saturday.
Doors open at 7.30pm and I Cried Wolf will headline the evening, supported by The Great Big Bargain, 6BC, Pete Bailey, Watch the Raven and Formium.
Entry is free but guests are asked to make a donation on the door. There will also be a raffle on the night, with prizes from many local businesses.
Ms Lan said: “These are all local bands and everyone has played here many times before. I Cried Wolf held a memorial gig here about four years ago – that gig made a phenomenal difference to the business and made me sure that I wanted to establish the pub as a live music venue. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank them enough, so for this special evening I really wanted them to be the headline band.”
The pair will leave the pub on September 25 and negotiations are currently taking place regarding its future.