Students pull together to help Darlington landlady

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMMUNITY HERO: Kate Umpleby, landlady of The Foresters Arms, was recently named a community hero by the brewery her pub is tied to COMMUNITY HERO: Kate Umpleby, landlady of The Foresters Arms, was recently named a community hero by the brewery her pub is tied to

A GROUP of charitable college students have stepped in to help a landlady replace her broken furniture after it was trashed by football fans.

Kate Umpleby was left devastated after a group of Cardiff City fans trashed her pub - The Foresters Arms, in Coatham Mundeville, on the outskirts of Darlington.

The 43-year-old said while the majority of the 22 fans were well behaved, a group of about five or six caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage when they stopped off at the pub on their way to Newcastle for a Premier League game.

As well as trashing the men’s toilets and a number of ornaments, the group also smashed one of the pub’s outdoor picnic benches.

Ms Umpleby said: “I was absolutely heartbroken, it was horrible. I only found the damage after they had gone.

“It might only seem like a small amount of money, but I have worked hard for that. If something gets broken the money comes directly from me.”

After hearing about her experience, a group of teenage students on the Next Steps programme at Darlington College offered to repair the pub’s broken bench as part of a college project.

Their tutor Lee Coutts said: “We are all pulling together for her. It was just so needless. Nobody has the right to do that anywhere.”

They will present the bench to Ms Umpleby in a few weeks, and are planning to help prepare the pub for the summer months.

Ms Umpleby said: “I am overwhelmed, I think it is absolutely lovely what they are doing.”

She also said the organiser of the group of fans has apologised and offered to pay to repair the damage.

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2:41pm Wed 14 May 14

pixie4612 says...

It's really good that they have offered to help this lady as she was only in the paper recently for helping others.
It's really good that they have offered to help this lady as she was only in the paper recently for helping others. pixie4612
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3:46pm Wed 14 May 14

Mod says...

I hope someone with connections to the pub has contacted Cardiff City Football Club.
I hope someone with connections to the pub has contacted Cardiff City Football Club. Mod
  • Score: 12

7:18pm Wed 14 May 14

hogworth says...

Please do not refer to them as football fans as those who caused the damage are in my opinion just hooligans.
Please do not refer to them as football fans as those who caused the damage are in my opinion just hooligans. hogworth
  • Score: 16

9:12pm Wed 14 May 14

Homshaw1 says...

So are the police trying to track down those responsible or turning a blind eye to what happened?

I remember, not to long bach, Leeds fans in Skinnergate outside Tanners signing "Jimmy Saville's one of us" and "Paedo Paedo Paedophile" and serenading passing females with "Get your t**s out for the lads" and "Do you take it up the a***". No one seem to be arrested.

What would not be accepted by individuals seems ok for groups of football fans.
So are the police trying to track down those responsible or turning a blind eye to what happened? I remember, not to long bach, Leeds fans in Skinnergate outside Tanners signing "Jimmy Saville's one of us" and "Paedo Paedo Paedophile" and serenading passing females with "Get your t**s out for the lads" and "Do you take it up the a***". No one seem to be arrested. What would not be accepted by individuals seems ok for groups of football fans. Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Thu 15 May 14

danlea2012 says...

My mother in law has a pub close to the A1. They had a visit from Man united fans one saturday after a Newcastle match. They didnt trash the place but did try to steal ornaments. After they had left the pub, one of the regulars went outside and they had stolen his pushbike. They had been gone about 15 minutes so would have been well on the way down the A1. It was such a shame and they had brought some much needed business to the pub, but wont be let in again.
My mother in law has a pub close to the A1. They had a visit from Man united fans one saturday after a Newcastle match. They didnt trash the place but did try to steal ornaments. After they had left the pub, one of the regulars went outside and they had stolen his pushbike. They had been gone about 15 minutes so would have been well on the way down the A1. It was such a shame and they had brought some much needed business to the pub, but wont be let in again. danlea2012
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