A flying start for Wetherspoon

PUBLISHED: 09:18 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:10 17 January 2013

Designs for the new Wetherspoon's pub in Honiton.

Designs for the new Wetherspoon's pub in Honiton.

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Pigeon Ron’s Dream inspires designs for the new pub in Honiton.

One of Honiton’s most famous racing pigeons is to be enshrined by pub chain J D Wetherspoon.

The Midweek Herald can exclusively reveal that Ron’s Dream is to be the central focus of the interior design for the former Star Inn, in New Street.

Design experts Absolute have even included pigeon wallpaper.

Ron’s Dream was owned by local Dewhurst butcher Ron Bauer and probably won a national race against 9, 681 other birds.

However, tragedy struck when Mr Bauer died, the day before the bird was to be timed home, after suffering a heart attack.

His son had to clock in the bird but lost valuable time when he had to read an instruction manual. Despite this, the hen still managed to claim third place.

J D Wetherspoon was made aware of the Star’s long association with pigeon racing by the Herald, which has given the pub chain permission to reproduce an article detailing that history.

Absolute creative director Helen Blake said: “When we discovered this, it was obvious that Ron’s Dream should become the star of the new pub - a true icon that allows the full story of the property and its heritage to come across in a really fresh, but tongue-in-cheek contemporary way.”

A fun oil painting of Ron’s Dream will be the focal point of the pub. It will feature alongside other pigeon images on wallpaper and on toilet doors.

There will even be pigeons on rafters above the bar.

The venue will have a mix of vintage and modern furniture and will have two feature fire places.

The town’s strong links with the lace making industry will also be reflected in the graphical and interior design.

J D Wetherspoon has said the pub could open in March or April once renovation work has been completed.

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