Pub locals recreate the scene of 1926

Villagers have celebrated a makeover of their much-loved pub by recreating a photograph of locals outside the watering hole in 1926.

Eleven men donned costumes from the era and posed outside The Greyhound, in Hickling, yesterday where a street party was taking place in honour of the newly-decorated venue.

Landlord Tony Woodman and his partner Debi Key looked to the pub's heritage for the overhaul and settled on pale cream walls, black paint around the windows and doors and a hint of heritage green to the signs.

As well as re-enacting the photograph, there was a fun-filled afternoon for villagers with a street party, games, music, village stocks and sponsored leg waxing with funds raised for Help for Heroes.

Miss Key said: 'We have been here 16 years and had recently had it refurbished, so we decided it was time for a makeover of the front.

'We belong to Punch Taverns and they had a generous budget, so we decided to use the money to get the best effect we could.

'When the sun sets it is very pleasant to sit outside the front and we wanted to make it an English pub with a continental feel.

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'What we loved about the photograph from 1926 was that all the characters had their names on the back.

'We wanted to re-launch the pub and we thought it would be such a nice idea to re-enact the photograph with as many locals as possible and get their names down.

'We are having a new village hall built and we would like all of this to go into a time capsule. It is history in the making.'

Miss Key added: 'We try to run a community pub. We try to put something on at Christmas, we run a theatre group and on a Saturday we have coffee mornings and quiz nights on a Sunday. It really is the hub of the community.'

Mr Woodman thanked villagers for their support and added: 'I think the community has really come together and orchestrated the whole event for us.'