Former Tan Hill owner turned author returns to host charity night

The Tan Hill Inn. Photo: Mike Dobson.

A former owner of the Tan Hill Inn is returning to the pub on the 40th anniversary of the day he bought the premises to host a charity fundraising evening.

Author Neil Hanson is hosting a fundraising event in the barn at Tan Hill for the Martin House Children’s Hospice, which provides hospice care, at the hospice or at home, for children across Yorkshire with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Neil has written 70 published books, including best-sellers on both sides of the Atlantic.

The idea for the evening came from the current owner of Tan Hill, Andrew Hields.

Neil said: “I still have a great affection for Tan Hill and I’m a huge admirer of the improvements Andrew has made since he took over there, so when he suggested doing an event for Martin House, I didn’t have to be asked twice.”

Neil’s talk at Tan Hill is a tour of the highs and lows of his time running the inn, with eccentric Dales characters, bizarre customs, naturist weekends, lock-ins, rats in the attic, close encounters with magistrates and planners, and the filming of a famous double-glazing commercial.

There will also be a showing of a film about the 1984 Tan Hill Show.

The event starts at 6pm on Sunday, March 10.

Tickets are £10 and all proceeds go to Martin House.

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