New faces at Manor Farm

Daniel Walker and Claire Thoman hope to breathe new life in to the Rig Dyke pub.
Daniel Walker and Claire Thoman hope to breathe new life in to the Rig Dyke pub.

A DETERMINED young couple aim to soothe a troubled estate - by reviving the pub at its centre.

Daniel Walker and Claire Thoman are the new licensees of the Rig Dyke at Manor Farm, Rawmarsh.

They stepped behind the bar for the first time last week, and began their work clearing up prior to refurbishment.

Gang-related violence was reported last year at Manor Farm, but the pair are undeterred by past events. Troublemakers are a minority, said Daniel, adding that he and Claire have had the warmest of welcomes.

“We want to serve and involve the whole community, and get the pub buzzing as it did a while ago”, he said.

The pair, both 22, have a special reason for wanting the Rig Dyke to thrive - Daniel lost his mum, Susan, a few months ago, and has many memories attached to the local.

Prior to taking on the pub, Daniel was unemployed. Claire is studying for a nursing degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

“We heard the pub was to shut on New Year’s Eve. That’s the last thing this area needs”, said Daniel. “I never thought I’d run a pub but here I am. We’ve had a difficult time recently but we’ll put all we’ve got in to this and serve the community while hopefully making a decent living”.

Once the place is smartened up, the couple hope to revive pool and darts teams, quizzes and bingo, along with weekend discos and karaoke.

The venture is supported by Daniel’s dad Michael Walker.