So, on Tuesday this week, Gary invited his locals along with those shown on the swing sign to have a drink in celebration of the sign being in place, after the three-year journey and investment in the pub, the pub being owned by Everards for 100 years and to remember Dave.
The guests on the swing sign include Dave Fleet (represented by Graham Fleet), 'Dude' (real name Colin Wigmore), Bob & Ruth Middleton, Mick Bignall, and Richard Watson.
Conrad McEwan, the local artist who drew the swing sign, was also invited to the gathering. Gary, who is a multiple business owner, runs the Free Trade Inn, while his husband Simon runs the Anne of Cleves in Melton Mowbray. The couple supports each other and both pubs on a day-to-day basis.
The gathering is an opportunity to celebrate the completion of the cyclical and repair works, the new signage, and the memory of Dave Fleet.