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Kingsclere pub could host burlesque nights
THE new landlord of a Kingsclere pub has big plans for the venue and hopes to run burlesque, themed and cabaret nights.
Dan Wilkinson, 32, took over the running of the Crown Inn, which has been vacant since March.
To celebrate he hosted a fun day at the pub in Newbury Road, which around 560 people attended.
He said: “It was a brilliant day – there was something for everyone.
“There was a bouncy castle and face painting for the children – we wanted to make it a real family event.”
In the evening, there was a cabaret, a Blues Brothers tribute act, jazz singers, a Michael Bublé tribute act and a teaser burlesque show.
Mr Wikinson said: “We already have around 80 local ladies signed up to take part in burlesque classes at the pub.
“They will take lessons here for six weeks and then on the seventh week put on a show here.”
There are also plans for the pub to showcase boy-lesque – which is burlesque with male performers.
Mr Wilkinson said he had been out in the local community, canvassing opinion about what villagers wanted from the pub and added that the feedback had been fantastic.
He said: “We want to offer something for everyone without compromising on anything.
“People want great food, a good variety of food and we also heard that they want themed nights.”
Mr Wilkinson plans to run Indian, Mexican and Moulin Rouge themed nights at the pub, owned by Enterprise Inns, in the near future.
He is also keen to support local charities and has approached Living Paintings and the Rodney Lawrence Trust about fundraising for them through various events.
He said: “This is a fantastic village. People have welcomed me with open arms and I’m really excited about the future.”
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