The Times Awards 2021: Pub Landlord of the Year
- Credit: Archant
The Pub Landlord of the Year in the Times Awards 2021 is Paul Sandford of the Railway Tavern in Dereham.
Like dozens of other pub owners and managers across the area, Mr Sandford has had to negotiate another difficult year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But amid uncertain times, he has shown his usual grit to launch a number of fundraising campaigns for local people in desperate need of support.
Among them was Logan Gostling, a youngster from Mattishall in need of selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) surgery and radiotherapy rehabilitation.
Around £18,000 was raised for him during Euro 2020.
Accepting the award, Mr Sandford dedicated it to all those in the industry who have endured a tough 12 months.
"It’s absolutely fantastic given the year publicans have had, but because of that I’d like to accept this award for all the publicans," he said.
- 1 Man dies after collapsing during dog walk in Norfolk village
- 2 Young people transform care home's garden in just four days
- 3 Breckland builder dumped toilet cisterns and bathroom items in front garden
- 4 Final details revealed ahead of Queen's Dragoon Guards freedom parade
- 5 Long-delayed wedding finally takes place... in 1941
- 6 A47 reopens after serious crash near Swaffham
- 7 Road closures to be put in place for Queen's Dragoon Guards parade
- 8 'Proper farming' sees dairy family crowned Norfolk farm champions
- 9 Man charged in connection with burglary at Dereham home
- 10 Man caught with cannabis after armed police called to Dereham park
“It’s for everyone, not just me. It’s a nice accolade to have but we are going through some tough times.
“It’s been like a rollercoaster, really. With the football chucked in the middle of it, that sort of glossed over a few cracks. Then it was like turning the tap off.
“Fundraising for Logan was a real highlight. Again, that has been tough this year in terms of fundraising, but we’ve still managed to raise around £30,000 for local causes which has been great.”