Historic Holy Island pub launches Crowdfunding appeal to ensure its survival after lockdown

A Holy Island pub has launched a fundraising appeal to help ensure its survival.
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The historic Crown and Anchor, next to Lindisfarne Priory and with a stunning view of the castle, is among the many businesses facing major challenges brought on by coronavirus.

Landlord Paul Davison, believed to be only the 13th licensee in its 193-year history, has made the Crowdfunding appeal.

It is already raised nearly £3,000 of its £5,000 target.

The Crown & Anchor, Holy Island.The Crown & Anchor, Holy Island.
The Crown & Anchor, Holy Island.
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Paul said: “In the current climate some people maybe superstitious, but I believe that with a small amount of support from those people that can help, we and the ‘Crown’ will be here for another 200 years.”

The pub – like all businesses on Holy Island – relies heavily on the tourism trade which has been missing for the past two months during lockdown.

The current roadmap outlined by the government indicates a potential reopening for hospitality businesses from July 4 at the earliest.

“Like many pubs the Crown and Anchor are facing challenges due to Covid-19, we're offering you the chance to help out a local business and snag some great rewards at the same time,” said Paul.

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“We are looking to ensure the survival of a truly ‘great British institution’ which is enjoyed by both two and four legged friends.

“We are also developing plans to financially support our staff and keep us in business.

“Should the need arise, this crowdfunder is set up as a way for customers to purchase vouchers for a future visit to The Crown and Anchor Inn once we reopen.

“We are offering you the chance to purchase meals, stay in our B&B and beverages for future visits. Or to make donations to help us survive the short/long term effects of Covid-19.”

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Paul – a chef with 26 years experience in various areas of the hospitality industry – took the plunge to purchase his ‘dream business’ with the support of his partner, Helen, in November 2017.

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