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Castle Rock customers and staff have been thanked for their unique role in helping create a memorial to wartime heroes on the green at Nottingham Castle.

On a cold sunlit day in May 2010, civic leaders, members of Her Majesty’s armed forces, benefactors, the public and managers and staff from the Castle Rock group, watched as the red granite tribute was unveiled in a quiet corner of the castle grounds.

In his address, appeal chairman, Tony Higton, singled out the contribution from Castle Rock and customers at pubs including the Canalhouse, one of many in the group that had organised fundraising events, raffles and a beer festival for the fund. The Canalhouse was represented by manager Yvette Storey and deputy, Jez Hand. Charlie Blomeley represented the customers and staff at the Kean’s Head and Rachael Higgins those from the Crown, Old Dalby. Charlie organised a pie bake off, and Rachael’s Vale of Belvoir sponsored pub crawl left her with blisters and a pot of money.

Over £5,000 in cash and kind has been generated by efforts in Castle Rock pubs so far and the money continues to come in.

Nottinghamshire is the first county in Britain to honour all its VC recipients in this way. There are 20 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire holders of the award. For the roll of honour see http://www.nottinghamshire-victoria-cross-memorial.org.uk/news.html