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A good night’s sleep is a racing cert
Article date: 01 Apr 2009

The Three Tuns pub and lodge, in Thirsk, has marked the town’s proud horse-racing tradition in a novel way.

Seven bedrooms at the North Yorkshire pub, located under half a mile from the racecourse, have been named after seven famous Thirsk racehorse trainers.

Each has a plaque, mounted on the wall of the individually named rooms, bearing the name of the trainer. Rooms are called David Barron, Alan Dickman, Geoff Harker, Dandy Nicholls, Kevin Ryan, Bryan Smart and Bob Woodhouse.

The pub’s manager, Matt Creighton, said: “Thirsk has had a racecourse for over 150 years – and I think that this is a fitting way of recognising the town’s tradition and association with horse-racing.”

The Three Tuns, a grade II listed building, reopened as a Wetherspoon pub and lodge in December 2008. It was originally built in 1698 and first used as a home to the lords of the manor. In 1740, the house was adapted to become a coaching inn, to accommodate travellers. At that time, it was Thirsk’s only coaching inn. The London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and Darlington coaches all stopped at The Three Tuns. The original mangers, stalls and hay lofts for the horses are still in the yard behind the main building.

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