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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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‘I can pull pints but I won’t be drinking them!’ says landlord

Mark Dignam has embarked on the ultimate challenge for a pub landlord, by giving up all alcohol for a month.

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ORANGE JUICE, PLEASE: Mark Dignam, landlord of The Thomas Henry pub in Maryport, has given up alcohol for January to raise funds for the town’s Victoria Cottage Hospital, with the support of his partner Sharon Forber

Mark, 49, of the Thomas Henry on Senhouse Street, has vowed not to fall into temptation while all around him are drinking at the bar.

His personal alcohol ban will raise money for the town’s hospital.

Mark is taking on the challenge – dubbed a “dryathlon” – to raise funds for the Victoria Cottage Hospital.

He is keeping a jar behind the bar to hold donations from customers.

Mark, who runs the pub with partner Sharon Forber, said: “It’s a tough challenge for a publican.

“I have had people coming in offering to get me a drink but I just have to ask if I can take the money and put it into the pot.

“Since moving up here people have told me stories about the cottage hospital and I thought it was a worthwhile cause.

“I know it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts.”

Mark and Sharon moved from Warrington last September to take over the pub.

People across the UK take part in dryathlons each year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

But Mark said he decided to raise money for the cottage hospital because he wanted to give something back to a community that had welcomed him and Sharon.

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