Anzac Day in an English pub
Saturday, 30th April, 2016
By Craig Brealey
A Broken Hill boy running a 623-year-old pub in England had his regulars tossing coins on Anzac Day to raise a few quid for old soldiers.
Jayme Bent is the son of Neville and Colleen, well-known as the owners of the popular old Bent and Bennetts auctioneers and secondhand furniture store in Blende Street.
Jayme said that every year he recognises the 25th of April “albeit that I live on the other side of the world” at his pub, ‘The Cock Inn’, in the picturesque village of Denford in Northamptonshire.
“This year was something special as I decided to put on pints at two pounds fifty pence for those who had served their country,” Jayme told the BDT.
The pub was decorated with the flags of both countries, stories of Australian and English heroism were pinned to the walls, and a wall of remembrance was set up “especially for the fallen from The Hill,” he said.
“The crowd recognised the importance of the day to me, being a Aussie. Some 170 people turned up, with a minute’s silence and the Last Post being played.
“A game of Two-Up was played in the arvo which realised a profit of 600 pounds.”
Jayme also sold Anzac biscuits and all of the money raised from all of the activities on the day went to three charities for ex-servicemen and women - Combat Stress, The Army Benevolence Fund and Pilgrim Bandits.
He said his customers also showed the deepest respect, although by nighttime they were deep in their cups.
“It was gone 10pm and the crowd - some of them had come from a beer festival - listened to the Ode and the Last Post in deathly silence.”