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A VOLUNTEER has been made guest of honour at a party to mark a Gosport pub’s £300,000 facelift.

The Cocked Hat, on Privett Road, has been transformed into a Flaming Grill pub, offering year round barbecue food.

This Saturday, to celebrate the relaunch, there will be a Wild West themed fundraising night for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Guest of honour will be Veronica Robins, who has been volunteering for the charity for the past 15 years.

She was chosen from dozens of nominations after the Cocked Hat said it wanted a local unsung hero to officially declare the pub open.

Mrs Robins and her family will be treated to a VIP meal.

Diana Stephens, general manager of the pub, said: ‘It was such a tough choice but we felt Veronica was a worthy sheriff.

‘She does a great deal for charities and the local community and we felt that Veronica and her family deserved a flaming good treat. We look forward to welcoming them to the fantastic new look pub on Saturday.

‘It should be a great day packed full of fun with saloon style activities for people of all ages.’