Award-winning Wymondham pub holds community charity fun day after scooping £1,000 prize

Wymondham pub the Green Dragon host a street party after they were given £1,000 for winning the Sout

Wymondham pub the Green Dragon host a street party after they were given £1,000 for winning the South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year last year. Landlord Justin Harvey enjoying the fun.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

A pub has proven its award-winning community credentials with a charity fun day.

The Green Dragon, in Wymondham, scooped top prize in the South Norfolk Community Pub of the Year awards in 2013, and were given £1,000.

They put that money to good use on Saturday by putting on a street party that saw locals out in force to raise money for five charities - Hamlet Centre, Starthrowers, Snetterton Dog's Trust, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Wymondham Abbey Developement Trust.

Street performers, stalls, food, tombolas, a barbecue, circus workshops and more were all on show for visitors.

Invidia Voices, a rock and soul choir, also provided a surprise for the crowds when they sprang into action with a flash mob performance of six songs.

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Landlord Justin Harvey, said the event befitted the pub's outlook.

'We really try and put ourselves out and get involved with what is going on locally and think people appreciate that.

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'The atmosphere today was great and we've had lots of fun. Some of the performers were amazing and it was great to see so many people out,' he said.

The pub won first prize in the South Norfolk competition after a transformation in the last five years.

Mr Harvey said a series of renovations had turned it into a welcoming local.

'It was a bit dark and dingey when I first came here and we've made a real effort to improve it.

'We've done work on the kitchen, central heating and opened up the garden and it's really changed the feel of it.

'Now we've got some really good regulars who get involved in what we are doing, and whenever we have events on they are sharing it with people and spreading the word for us,' he said.

That community spirit has helped the pub became known for its charity work.

Mr Harvey said it had raised more than £14,000 for causes in his time at the pub.

Saturday's fun day also saw neighbours jump on the fund-raising bandwagon, with the Alzheimer's Society among those benefiting from the charitable atmosphere.

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