Poem released to thank publicans

A ‘National Poem of Thanks to Our Nation’s Publicans’ has been released by Pub is The Hub and arts project Inn Crowd.

A ‘National Poem of Thanks to Our Nation’s Publicans’ has been released by Pub is The Hub and arts project Inn Crowd to thank publicans for their resilience and continuing support of their local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The poem’s release marks the launch of a ‘Winter Warmers’ campaign, an initiative is based on a collection of seven heart-warming poems about pubs. The poems have been written by poets in six regions across England (pictured above), with the campaign aiming to bring cheer and hope to publicans, their staff and their local communities, and to help keep people connected during these times.

The thank you poem below is called ‘The Public House’. It has been written and performed by poet and actress Alexandra Ewing, the daughter of a former publican who grew up in pubs in Suffolk. Ewing also worked front-of-house for 10 years. 

Pubs still key hubs of support

“Despite the immense worries, challenges and pressures publicans have endured, and continue to face during this pandemic and current lockdown, many pubs are still a key hub of practical and wellbeing support for many people in their local communities,” says John Longden, chief executive of Pub is The Hub​.

"Publicans and their teams have worked tirelessly and selflessly to help support others and keep them safe and we wanted to do something to say a special thank you and recognise their efforts. We hope they enjoy these lovely poems.”