A SMALL Llandudno pub has been singled out at a national competition for its community spirit.

The staff of The Carlton on Mostyn Street, described by general manager Tracy Gardner as a “proper, traditional pub”, were among those recognised at the Publican Awards in London.

Together with her deputy manager Becky Gill, staff and customers, Ms Gardner fundraises in imaginative ways for North Wales charities, as well as any of her regulars who may be in need.

Ms Gardner said: “We work hard to provide something for everyone. For our customers, anything that can be done will be done."

Examples of their ingenuity include a competition to balance a 20 pence piece on a lemon and for Easter the pub was selling decorated bunny headbands and Hawaiian leis and encouraging customers to donate into charity boxes for St David’s Hospice.

Last year the team raised over £1000 for the hospice and over £1500 for mental health charity MIND.

Recently the team helped a customer Rose. who had lost her husband Tommy Roche to cancer, organise a bingo night in memory of her partner with all the proceeds going to Marie Curie.

The pub also regularly organises community day trips, hiring a coach and inviting locals and tourists to come along for a day out in Blackpool and thre surrounding area.

Ms Gill said: "It’s great to get some recognition for the work we do. A lot of what we do goes above and beyond what’s expected of us and it’s great to know that all our hard work is appreciated."

"Everything we do has our locals at heart, and we always listen to what they want.

"Being a small pub, we can’t organise big events that raise thousands of pounds in one night, but the little things we do, on a regular basis, means we are still able to raise thousands for charity every year."