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Spalding landlords spell out pub name in 20,000 pennies

Pete and Steph with their penny bar. SG161117-200TW
Pete and Steph with their penny bar. SG161117-200TW

Crafty publicans Pete and Steph Williams made their own bar top out of 20,000 pennies, which has become a real talking point at the Punchbowl pub in New Road, Spalding.

The couple spent day and night over a fortnight sticking coins to lengths of plywood, before piecing everything together like a jigsaw along the 12m x

0.5m bar and sealing the whole thing with resin to give it a gleaming finish.

Pete took £200 to Lloyds Bank in Spalding and asked for 20,000 pennies before sitting down with Steph to sort them out into colour-matching sets, including black one and shiny ones, to spell out the word Punchbowl.

“We didn’t have enough shiny ones so we finished up getting another £50 worth,” said Pete. “The most expensive part was the resin, which cost over £400, but it still works out as a cheap bar top.”

They created their penny bar for a bit of fun.

“It has become quite a talking point for the people who come in and look at it,” said Pete.

Twenty is a really significant number for the couple because in April they will celebrate their 20th anniversary behind the bar.

Pete recalled: “We had never run a pub before and we arrived a week before the Flower Parade in 1998, not knowing what we were doing or what to expect, and it was amazing to see so many people.”

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