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A Bury St Edmunds pub landlady who is transporting a pint of ale in a shopping trolley in the first leg of a 355 mile charity relay challenge to celebrate 'Freedom Day' is appealing for help.

Julie Finnigan, who runs the Tollgate in Fornham Road, has enlisted seven other pub landlords across the country to deliver the pint of Ice Breaker Pale Ale from the Greene King brewery, in Bury, to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to toast the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on Monday.

With Greene King donating £1 to Macmillan for every millilitre of ale that arrives at the next pub, each landlord has been encouraged to transport the pint in the most creative way possible without spilling it and Julie has chosen a shopping trolley to start the trek.

Ryan Frost, team leader, with landlady Julie Finnigan and Josie Tasque, assistant manager, will kick off the first leg of the relay from the Tollgate in Bury St Edmunds
Ryan Frost, team leader, with landlady Julie Finnigan and Josie Tasque, assistant manager, will kick off the first leg of the relay from the Tollgate in Bury St Edmunds

Beginning at 11am tomorrow, the brewery will deliver the pint to Julie, who is calling for help to send it to the next designated pub in Rushden, Northamptonshire.

She said: "Obviously 74 miles is quite a distance to transport a pint in a shopping trolley, which is why I’m calling on the support of my regulars and the locals of Bury to help me pass the pint of Greene King Ice Breaker Pale Ale to the next location.

"If you regularly travel in the direction of Northamptonshire and are happy to pack a pint in your rucksack or on your passenger seat, we would really like your help."

Ryan Frost, team leader, and Josie Tasque, assistant manager, are preparing for the relay
Ryan Frost, team leader, and Josie Tasque, assistant manager, are preparing for the relay

She will start the challenge with Josie Tasque, Tollgate assistant manager, and Ryan Frost, team leader, who will be dressed as Super Mario and a pirate respectively.

The pint will be travelling by methods including skateboards, scooters and roller skates, with eight stop-offs including Burton, Chesterfield, Leeds and Middlesbrough.

It is due to arrive at its final destination in Gateshead on Monday.

Anyone who spots the ale on tour with the Greene King flags and shares it on social media with #passthepint will be added into a randomly-selected prize draw for the chance to win a £50 Greene King gift card.

Landlady Julie Finnigan is appealing for help with the challenge
Landlady Julie Finnigan is appealing for help with the challenge

If you can help Julie pass the pint, call the Tollgate on 01284 755237 or visit its Facebook page.

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