VIDEO: Poet Gavin's tribute to the 'great British pub'

VIDEO: Poet Gavin's tribute to the 'great British pub'

By Gareth Dennison | 12/02/2021

VIDEO: Poet Gavin's tribute to the 'great British pub'
Gavin Roberts


POET Gavin Roberts penned a tribute to his favourite boozers as part of an arts project spreading cheer to publicans.

Seven pieces of verse combining pubs and positivity were commissioned by Inn Crowd and Pub Is The Hub, as part of the national Winter Warmers campaign.

Rotherham poet Gavin was chosen and his effort — called Let’s Drink Together Again — looks forward to a time we can head back to our favourite local.

Gavin, who has also worked in pubs, said he could often be found in the dark corners of his local with a notepad beside his pint.

And he added: “To write a poem in honour of the great British pub, the culture and folk who patronise them is, quite simply, an honour and privilege.

“I want my poem to be a rallying call for all of us for whom the pub is our beating heart, we miss them.

“I want my poem to look forward to a brighter future and a time when we can gather together again.”

Publicans have been sharing the poetry through social media, posters and on postcards going out with food deliveries.

The Winter Warmers campaign sees pubs and the arts — two of the industries worst affected by coronavirus — join forces in a positive collaboration.

Inn Crowd spokeswoman Dawn Badland said: “These two sectors, which have been among the hardest hit in this pandemic, make an invaluable contribution to our society.

“It is brilliant to be able to come together with Pub is The Hub to do something positive for the publicans and artists working in them.”

John Longden, chief executive of Pub is The Hub, added: “Despite the huge worries and challenges to their businesses that publicans have faced since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and continue to endure with this current lockdown, they and their teams have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help support others and keep them safe. 

“We all wanted to do something to say a special thank you and recognise their efforts.”