There was a delighted buzz and standing room only on Saturday 26th April at the Grand Opening of the Tally Ho, Littlehempston – South Devon’s first community pub. The Totnes Band got celebrations off to a merry start and then the crowds braved the rain for a mass photo outside. Back in the warm, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP declared the Tally officially open and spoke warmly of the immense community effort that had gone into saving this lovely old pub from closure. Glasses were then raised to the Tally’s future.
Mike Thomas, chairman of the co-operative that bought the Tally, commented that the first month since opening had exceeded all expectations and that supporters were helping out by manning the beer pumps, washing up and waiting on tables until more paid staff were recruited! He also thanked all those who had helped make the day such a success by providing music, cake and good cheer. The first month of opening has been well covered in the press, on local radio and was even featured on BBC Spotlight. To see this coverage go to Press Cuttings on the pub’s website www.tallyhoinn.co.uk, where you’ll also find lots more information.