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Community welcomes back The Great Harry
Article date: 27 Sep 2012

Wetherspoon has reopened The Great Harry, in Woolwich, southeast London – after it was destroyed by fire during the riots of August 2011.

The pub’s former customers and local people welcomed the reopening of the newlook pub, which cost £1.3 million to redevelop.

The pub, which originally opened in May 2000, is managed by Arber Hasani (pictured). He said: “My team and I are delighted to be serving customers at The Great Harry once more.

“The pub plays an important role in the Woolwich community, and people are very happy that it has reopened.

“In the days following the riots, the hoardings around the burnt-out pub became a ‘tribute wall’ for people to leave messages and comments of support, showing the importance of the pub to them and the local community.”

The pub features new artwork, as the original pieces were destroyed in the fire. They include a commissioned piece by local artist Gary Drostle of ‘Woolwich Market’.

Photographs, local history and information about the history and characters of the area are displayed in the pub.

The Pearly Queen of Greenwich Gwen Jones and the Pearly King of Woolwich Clive Bennett are pictured officially reopening the pub.

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