August 5, 2014 4.41 pm This story is over 111 months old

Hare and tortoise race for Lincoln charity pub tour

Christmas comes early: Lincoln pubs took part in quirky festivities for charity on Tuesday, August 5.

Shoppers on Guildhall Street in Lincoln on Tuesday, August 5 were met with Christmas music, cycling hares and a sporty tortoise as part of a national pub tour for charity.

The Stonegate Pub Company is hosting Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour for its charity of the year, Variety.

Variety: The Children’s Charity helps improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

Between Sunday, May 18 and Friday, September 26, managers, teams and customers of all 625 Stonegate Pub Company pubs, bars and late night venues around the UK are attempting to relay a giant ‘Pledge Passport’.

Each pub must come up with a quirky and ingenious transportation method and celebration theme, and The Mailbox, Slug and Lettuce and William Foster pubs in Lincoln teamed together to attract onlookers with a Christmas party when the passport was passed between them.

The team from The Mailbox also cycled a total of 150 miles on a static bike, offered face painting and gathered sponsors throughout the day.

At 3pm, a group of honorary ‘hares’ challenged Donald the tortoise to a race across the street. Donald was carrying a miniature passport pledge all of his own.

Sales Manager at The Mailbox, Georgia Cartwright, said: “I want to thank all the members of staff who have been raising money today.

“The events have been so popular, especially for the children who have stopped by and the theme has certainly got people talking.

“We chose to do a Christmas theme because it has causes passers-by to ask questions and, in that sense, we have raised the profile of the charity.”

William Foster General Manager Jackie Dunn added: “Thank you and well done to all my lovely team here. They have managed to raise £1,637 so far.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the national JustGiving page.