Mick and Maggie leave Red Lion in Fernhurst

Red Lion publicans Mick and Maggie Cameron at their party to celebrate her birthday and their retirement.
Red Lion publicans Mick and Maggie Cameron at their party to celebrate her birthday and their retirement.

After more than thirty years in the trade Mick and Maggie Cameon have called time at the Red Lion in Fernhurst.

They came to the village more than 11 years ago where they were tenants in the Fullers pub, but they had a freehand in what they did in the ancient building and quickly built up a loyal following of regulars.

The fortnightly Monday evening quizzes have also raised thousands of pounds initially for Cancer Research UK and then for Macmillan Cancer Care.

For a small entrance fee the entrants teams turned out, questions were thought up and asked by Mick and sausages and chips were served in the middle of the evening. The theory was that the winners took the entrance money as prizes, but it quickly became tradition to touch the money and hand it back.

The Red Lion also became a well known watering-hole for walkers with a trail from Haslemere Station over Blackdown and back written up in London information leaflets.

Now the Camerons are retiring to coincide with Maggie’s father’s 100th birthday they intend to do more things in the village, where they have a house.

Maggie already judges the cookery classes at the horticultural shows, but wants to improve her computer skills at the Fernhurst Centre lessons. Volunteering at Brooklands Museum calls Mick, who did his apprenticeship there.