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Ex-England cricketers host firefighter 'thank you' lunch

Posted on 17 October 2023

Firefighters from across Nottinghamshire attended a ‘thank you’ lunch at the Tap & Run in Melton Mowbray following a fire last year.

The pub was sadly destroyed in a huge fire on 11 June 2022, and has recently reopened following a 380-day closure.

Ex-England cricketers and owners of the pub, Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney, extended an invitation for firefighters who tackled the fire to return to the pub again to be thanked personally by the team and to enjoy an exclusive lunch.

Managing Director, Harry Gurney, said:

It was amazing to be able to shake the hands of the men and women who tackled the blaze on that awful night and to thank them personally for everything they did.

To us, the Tap & Run isn’t just a building, and it isn’t just a pub. It’s the livelihood of everyone that works here, and it’s so special to be able to look these men and women in the eye and say thank you.”
Group photo outside the tap and run pub
Firefighters and Harry Gurney outside the pub.
Tap and Run pub from the outside showing the fire  and serious damage to the roof
The pub following the fire in June 2022.

West Bridgford Fire Station were the first crews on scene at around 3:30am on the morning of the incident and were greeted with a well-developed fire.

Watch Manager, Sam Featherstone, said: “At the height of the fire we had eight fire engines plus the Aerial Ladder Platform in attendance, and crews worked as hard as they could to save the pub. Sadly, due to the fire and water damage, not all of it could be saved, which resulted in the pub needing to be restored and renovated.

“It’s very humbling to be thanked personally like this. It’s very rare that we receive this sort of recognition, so it’s lovely to be welcomed back to the pub and thanked in person.”

The cause was deemed as an accidental electrical fire after laundry ignited in a tumble dryer. We want to use this as a reminder to never leave your appliance unattended or on overnight, and never leave materials in your tumble dryer.

Visit our electrical safety page for more safety tips

Tap and run pub following renovation after fire
The newly restored and refurbished pub.