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Murder event held at The White Lion pub in Alvanley
Murder event held at The White Lion pub in Alvanley

The White Lion, Alvanley, hosted an evening of murder…all in aid of charity.

The Cheshire pub welcomed suspects through its doors to participate in a very special murder mystery event which was written by landlord and multiple Robinsons licensee Darren Sayle.

Set in modern day, the event focused around the untimely death of a barmaid at the local favourite. With hand-pulled cask ale flowing and suspicions heightened, amateur Sherlock Holmes and Watsons’ attempted to solve the classic ‘who-dun-it’. After pointing the proverbial finger at several accused, it was ultimately the unlikely character of the village vicar who committed the murder most foul.

Darren Sayle, landlord of the White Lion confessed his inspiration behind the macabre event: “The village of Alvanley has a lot of characters so writing a script based around them can be quite easy, the night is all in good fun though and everyone gets involved, especially when it’s for such a worthy cause.

The event, which was attended by 143 would-be detectives, raised £1212.95 for the NSPCC and marks the first of three fundraising events that the White Lion publican will host throughout the year.

Darren continued: “The Alvanley Charity Fund, of which I am a founding member, chooses a headline charity each year to support. This year the NSPCC was our choice and we hope to raise a significant amount to aid their funding.

Murder event held at The White Lion pub, Alvanley
Customers enjoying a murder mystery night at the White Lion pub in Alvanley

The next event at the White Lion is a family fun day and beer festival taking place on June 28th.

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