BRITAIN’S exit from the European Union will be celebrated with a party at a Lymington pub next Friday.
The We’re Backing Britain Party has been organised by Conservative New Forest district councillor Janette Duke, who has been a longstanding advocate of Brexit – which will happen at 11pm on Friday.
The event will take place at the Borough Arms pub on Avenue Road and feature traditional songs, nibbles and toasts to prime minister Boris Johnson.
She told the A&T that what started as a small celebration had now grown into a much larger event.
“A few people were saying it would be good to celebrate Brexit on 31st January. The more people I spoke to, the more support for the idea I had,” she said.
“Initially I was planning to have a small party at home but as numbers grew I decided to approach the Borough Arms to see if they’d be happy to host a party.
“After three years of strong feelings on both sides, which divided communities, it seemed a good time to start trying to bring people back together. We would love to have the bell rung at St Thomas Church as well but I’m not sure if that will be possible. ”
She continued: “In the past, the local pub was often the hub of many communities so it seemed an ideal place to celebrate Britain getting its independence back.”
Cllr Duke hoped several Lymington town and district councillors will also join the celebration, with others also planned around the district.
Cllr Duke added: “It’s a landmark date in the history of this country and it will be good to celebrate the future and making Britain great again.
“Jamie Adams has offered to lead a British sing-song, and Debbie and Carl from the Borough Arms will be laying on trays of sausages and chips.”
The We’re Backing Britain Party will begin at 7.30pm, and all are welcome.
As reported in the A&T, hundreds of Foresters travelled repeatedly to London to join huge marches in favour of a so-called People’s Vote on the terms of Brexit. The New Forest voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum by 58% to 42%.