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Fairy barmaid

When You Wish upon a Star

What does a well known pub on Hull’s Holderness Road have in common with the Disney character Jiminy Cricket?

It’s a tricky one isn’t it, but if you’d been in the ‘Four in Hand’ the other Saturday night, a night of fun, frolics and fairies (no change there then say some!) would have been yours for the taking. You’d have instantly realised that this wasn’t just any Saturday night. It was a night of the celebration of the passing of the good friend and colleague of mine hosts, Tracy and Nigel.
Their friend was Kevin Hawksworth and in keeping with his wishes to support a specific children’s charity, a fundraising evening was arranged by his friends with the support of his family at the pub in which he worked. This is where the connection with Jiminy Cricket comes in as the charity is called ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ with its sole aim of granting the wishes of children with a life threatening or terminal illness.

The whole pub including regulars, friends and staff threw themselves into the spirit of the evening, even to the extent of allowing amateurs behind the bar. Now the pivotal role in any pub, especially on a Saturday night, is held by the one who pulls the pints. It’s a job upon which a pub’s reputation stands or falls. It can mean success or failure to any hostelry so why was it given to Radio Humberside’s CSV Action Producer Christine Barker dressed as a fairy who’d never pulled a pint in her life?

Tracy and Nigel

Fairy Christine with Mine Hosts Tracy and Nigel

Yes, it was going to be that kind of a night. Christine was there in answer to her reckless ‘Charity Challenge’ which had been taken up by landlords Tracy and Nigel on the understanding she turned up as a fairy! Still, all in a good cause with much appreciation from the regulars at the added attraction of fairy clad ‘real’ barmaids accompanying Christine, and making up for her ‘short’ pints with the shortness of their outfits.

Situated as it is in the heartland of Rugby League it had to be expected that local rivalries would assert themselves. This was cynically exploited by BBC Radio Humberside’s Rugby League Producer Gwilym Lloyd, all in a good cause of course. His refereeing of a contest with rival supporters including Kevin’s sister, singing each others club songs with financial penalties awarded for lack of enthusiasm, and  too much or too little (I wasn’t sure) foul language, helped swell the coffers of the fund.

Gwilym Lloyd

Gwilym Lloyd organises the singing

Throughout the evening Tracy and Nigel excelled themselves organising a raffle, auctions and a tombola with all prizes generously donated by customers and suppliers alike.

The evening was enjoyed by all and their generosity was amazing, inspired as it was by the passing of a friend. His parents, family and friends had all helped in Kevin’s  last request to brighten the life or lives of very ill children, so lets hope that thanks to the good people of ‘The Four in Hand ’ and for those children who make a wish, as Jiminy Cricket sings, ‘when you wish upon a star your dreams come true’.

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