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Shouldham pub celebrates winning regional prize in first Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition

By Lynn News Reporter

The King's Arms at Shouldham is toasting success at the start of the New Year with news that it is a regional winner in the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition.

And having qualified as a national finalist in the competition, members of its team are heading off to London on Tuesday for the announcement of the overall champion due to be revealed at the House of Commons, Westminster.

Toasting success at The King's Arms, Shouldham, are head chef Jo Freeman and licensee Ian Skinner. MLNF-19PM01084
Toasting success at The King's Arms, Shouldham, are head chef Jo Freeman and licensee Ian Skinner. MLNF-19PM01084

The King's Arms licensee Ian Skinner is over the moon. He told the Lynn News: "We are absolutely delighted and very proud of this achievement. We want to give our thanks to everyone who has been involved with the pub over the last few years, the staff, all our supporters and shareholders.

"We'd also like to thank Liz Truss, our MP, who nominated us for this award."

The King's Arms had closed in 2012, but by sheer determination and hard work by villagers and supporters, money was raised through grants, fundraising and a share issue and the pub eventually reopened in 2014.

Said Ian, whose partner Abbie Panks masterminded the publicity campaign, said: “We have created a fantastic community pub which is really at the heart of our village and has made such a difference to those that live in the area.

"The business has gone from strength to strength including being awarded the CAMRA Pub of the Year for the third year running. We are delighted to reach the national final and look forward to the day.”

Launched in the summer of 2018 by chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and economy.

Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub and their engagement with their customers and local community. Videos were then viewed by a panel of judges and regional finalists selected who go forward to next week's final.

Toby Perkins said: “We are thrilled at the quality of entries in the competition. The 14 finalists’ video entries show the diverse range of pubs out there, and I know that it will be incredibly difficult to choose the winners from these entries.

“Pubs play a crucial and much-loved role in our daily life and the enthusiasm that MPs have shown in promoting the claim of their locals to this title shows the pride that our communities take in our pubs."


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