THE Thomas Lord pub in West Meon had a full house of cricketing fans for an Ashes evening, as England cricket hero Darren Gough entertained with tales from his own experiences.
The former fast bowler, who took an impressive 74 Ashes wickets, appeared at the pub for the fundraising evening on the eve of the Ashes’ fourth test.
The evening also saw a raffle held for local charity Cash for Kids, with prizes including a VIP tour or Lords cricket ground, a voucher for two to dine at The Thomas Lord, a case of Punter Ale, and a shirt signed by Darren, which raised £300.
He said afterwards: ‘It was a great evening and we couldn’t have been in a more perfect setting to be talking about the Ashes.
‘I always enjoy getting to meet the fans and talk about the Ashes, there’s no rivalry like it in cricket and it seems to capture the public as much as it does the players.
‘The Hampshire locals really know their cricket so it was fun to share a few pints of Punter with them and talk about cricket.
David Butcher, director of Upham Brewery company which owns The Thomas Lord, said: ‘This summed up everything that our pubs stand for.
‘We pride ourselves on providing first class food and drink while being the heartbeat of the local community.’