Pirate pub treasure hunt to ‘share the love’

Jake Read,  Dan Scott, Nathaniel McDowall, Ben Williams, Charlie  Wallace and Pete Williams get ready for the pubs' pirate treasure hunt.
Jake Read, Dan Scott, Nathaniel McDowall, Ben Williams, Charlie Wallace and Pete Williams get ready for the pubs' pirate treasure hunt.
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An old treasure is being dug up to “share the love” between town centre pubs.

Pubs have been experiencing hard times of late, as people choose to stay home to save cash in the current economic climate.

Hundreds of pubs across the country have closed in the past few years, but landlords in Spalding are hoping an event later this month will encourage drinkers back to the bar and revitalise the town’s night-time economy.

Ten town centre pubs – and an icecream parlour – will host the Pub Treasure Hunt on Sunday, July 21 – an event that used to be a hit until it was buried around three years ago.

It will involve teams of up to five people – in pirate fancy dress – following the clues from pub to pub.

Clues will be handed over to the teams only when all members have bought a drink, alcoholic or soft, at the bar, or an icecream in the case of Marco’s

Pete Williams, landlord of the Punchbowl, New Road, said: “We decided to resurrect the pub treasure hunt as a way of sharing the love between the town centre pubs.

“The whole idea is to get people into pubs that they might not necessarily usually frequent.

“It’s a fun way of trying out a new pub you might not usually go to and hopefully it will attract people back into the pubs.”

Teams will all be sent on a different route around town, crisscrossing each other throughout the afternoon, but the fun will end with entertainment at the Punchbowl, including a barbecue and music from Mickey Flynn, and later on ten-piece reggae/ska band Zeb Rootz.

The pubs taking part are Punchbowl, Hole in the Wall, Ivy Wall, Bounce, Lincolnshire Poacher, White Horse, Red Lion, Bentleys, Pied Calf, Mulberry’s, Brennan’s and Marco’s icecream parlour.

Prizes will be up for grabs to the winning teams, including the best dressed pirates, and entry costs £5.

Ask at any of the participating venues to sign up to take part.