Count on pub to do something different

PUBLISHED: 12:38 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 22:28 28 May 2010

Our picture shows Mr Bradshaw, sporting a checked cap, emptying the coins from the Belisha beacon

Our picture shows Mr Bradshaw, sporting a checked cap, emptying the coins from the Belisha beacon

REGULARS at the Men of March pub were very generous giving to charity during the 1960s, and they always tried to come up with some unusual receptacle in which to collect the money. One of the first jobs of the new year in 1967 was to empty out the money a

REGULARS at the Men of March pub were very generous giving to charity during the 1960s, and they always tried to come up with some unusual receptacle in which to collect the money.

One of the first jobs of the new year in 1967 was to empty out the money and find out just how much had been given during the previous year.

Customers had been throwing their coins into an upturned Belisha beacon and it was up to Bert Bradshaw, president of March Twenty Club, to do the counting.

With the help of six customers and after one hour and 20 minutes, it was discovered that more than £124 had been given for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

It was the fourth collection organised by landlord Harold Cant and his wife Phyllis.

Mr Cant said he would like to use a silk top hat for the next collection and appealed for the loan of one.

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