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'Last orders please' at Red Lion

PUBLISHED: 16:49 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:31 11 August 2010

Red Lion landlord Harry Smith pulls of of the final pints

Red Lion landlord Harry Smith pulls of of the final pints

One of Barking s oldest pubs has pulled its last pints and made a graceful departure by raising £2,000 for a children s hospice. The site of the Red Lion, North Street, Barking, was home to a pub called the Blue Boar over 300 years ago, and has now closed

One of Barking's oldest pubs has pulled its last pints and made a graceful departure by raising £2,000 for a children's hospice.

The site of the Red Lion, North Street, Barking, was home to a pub called the Blue Boar over 300 years ago, and has now closed after 150 years of trading under its current name.

Regular customers and landlord Harry Smith, 60, paid an emotional tribute to the place they knew as their favourite meeting place for years.

He said: "We have to get out because developers are going to built flats here.

"It feels strange knowing that you won't meet your friends here anymore but we have to find somewhere else."

The farewell event raised £600 for Richard House Children's Hospice, Faircross Parade, Longbridge Road, Barking, where one of the regular's disabled son is receiving care.

In the past few weeks, the pub had raised another £1,500.

Thomas North, 16, was presented with the cheque for his hospice, while punters drank for free until the barrels ran dry.


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