Lucky dip for campaigner wins him the D & P sign

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A former mayor who successfully campaigned against the rebranding of a Bury St Edmunds pub sign has ended up winning a copy of it in a raffle.

A row broke out when Greene King decided to change its historic Dog & Partridge pub sign in favour of a more modern streamlined look for its Flame Grill brand. It replaced the traditional picture of the Springer Spaniel and partridge with what was described as a ‘bland’ design.

The company backed down after the Bury Society and Mike, who lives nearby, complained and the dog and bird went back up.

A replica was then raffled in the pub for Cancer Research in memory of regulars Andy Wallis and Elizabeth Harrison, raising £230 for Cancer Research UK, and Mike ended up the lucky winner. He said: “I thought this was a wind up when they phoned to say I had won it.”

Mike is a member of the Inn Signs Society which aims to protect illustrative hanging signs and originally contacted them when he noticed the sign had been taken down.

He now wants a safe home for his prize and says he is happy to give it to Greene King to be placed in its Visitor Centre with a note explaining the story behind it.

He added: “I have an idea this sign could become an icon for the history of English pubs. We’ve won a battle but not the war.”

A Greene King spokesperson said: “We are delighted that the pub sign was won by someone with a real passion for pubs. We very much hope Mike can find a suitable home to cherish this piece of Bury St Edmunds history, but if, as the Bury Free Press tells us, he would prefer to donate it to our popular Visitor Centre we would of course welcome this kind gesture.”