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EastEnders star Shaun Williamson hands over £25k to Sheerness RNLI on The Admiral's Arm micropub's fifth birthday


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EastEnders star Shaun Williamson handed over a Sheppey micropub’s £25,000 donation to its chosen charity as part of its fifth birthday celebrations.

The actor, who is best-known for playing Barry Evans in the BBC soap, presented the cheque to Sheerness Lifeboat crew member Dan St. John-Knight at The Admiral’s Arm, in Trafalgar Court, Queenborough.

From the left: Steve Hunt, Harry Rush, Shaun Williamson, Paul Codrington, Chris Collier, Cllr Cameron Beart, Steve Dorsett, Dan St. John-Knight and Rachel Collier, who is also a Sheerness Lifeboat crew member, at The Admiral’s Arm
From the left: Steve Hunt, Harry Rush, Shaun Williamson, Paul Codrington, Chris Collier, Cllr Cameron Beart, Steve Dorsett, Dan St. John-Knight and Rachel Collier, who is also a Sheerness Lifeboat crew member, at The Admiral’s Arm

It was to mark five years since the tiny pub opened its doors.

Owned by husband-and-wife team Chris and Rachel Collier, from Minster, The Admiral’s Arm opened in 2016 on Trafalgar Day, which celebrates the historic 1805 sea battle where Admiral Lord Nelson was killed.

Speaking about the celebrations, Chris said a “great night” was had in the pub.

He added: “A big thanks goes to Shaun Williamson for coming along to present the £25,000 raised for the RNLI Sheerness Lifeboat.

“This has been raised mainly by our quiz nights, and we must say a huge thanks to all the quizmasters who have helped to raise this amazing amount, and also to everyone who has taken part in the quizzes and donated over the years.

The Admiral's Arm in Queenborough
The Admiral's Arm in Queenborough

“We are both very proud of this achievement, and I am personally very proud of Rachel as, since we opened, she has become an active operational member of the lifeboat crew.”

The micropub’s birthday celebrations, on October 21, continued that weekend with a Belgian beer festival on the Saturday and entertainment by the Gaddszukes ukulele band on the Sunday.

Since it opened, the popular pub has scooped a number of awards including being named Swale’s CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of the Year in 2018 and ‘19, Swale CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year for 2017, ‘18 and ‘19, and Kent’s Pub of the Year by CAMRA in 2019.

The venue serves a selection of real ales from all over the country, flavoured gins, plus a range of ciders, wines and food.

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