Landlady to raise a grand to get reindeer
6:15am Monday 14th October 2013 in Monmouthshire news
FESTIVE SPIRIT: Landlady Sharon McAtee, from the Castle Inn in Usk, is fundraising to bring reindeer to the town’s Christmas market. (1410396)
A PUB Landlady in Usk is on a mission to raise £1,000 to bring Scottish reindeer to the town's Christmas market.
Sharon McAtee has been at the Castle Inn in Twyn Square, for four and a half years. During previous Christmases, she has raised money for social services.
Each year Usk has a Christmas market where Santa and his sleigh is pulled by real reindeer. Money from collections and the town council pay to hire the animals, which come down from Cairngorm, Scotland.
She said: "The money spent on the reindeer normally means that less money from the market goes back into the town. I'm due to leave The Castle Inn next year, and I'd like to help raise money toward this. This will probably be my last christmas at the pub."
Based in the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, the reindeer roam the mountains when not fulfilling Christmas duties across Britain. Ms McAtee hopes the money will cover all the costs of getting them to Wales.
She has placed collection boxes around the town and has organised a disco at the Usk rugby club in November, as well as a coffee morning. There will also be raffles at the bar.
She said: "I've got about £200 so far. The market is December 7-8, so we have until then to raise the money."
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