A Polegate pub has hit back at criticism over a facelift saying the canary gold and bottle green the building has been painted in is in memory of Australian troops who helped local soldiers.
The outside of The Dinkum Pub in Polegate High Street has been painted a deep gold and green after being covered in scaffolding for some weeks and has also been repainted inside too.
Locals have been voicing their concern at the colour and one resident Joyce Cogan said she feared the building’s new look would distract drivers and cause an accident.
But Tara Whyte, the landlady at The Dinkum, said she wasn’t fussed about being the talk of the town and it has been done to honour Australian troops who were billeted in Polegate and provided support for local soldiers. They rated the pub as fair dinkum.
The change of colour, said Tara, has also coincided with the 100th anniversary of the First World War this year.
“We have just had a face lift to the outside of our pub and some works inside too and we have been the talk of the town because of the chosen colours canary gold and bottle green,” she said.
“While most of the people seem to like it, there are still a few who don’t. But the chosen colour has a meaning, and it still hasn’t reached everyone’s ears.
“Back in the First World War when the pub was called The Polegate Inn, the Australian troops were stationed here in Polegate to help our troops.
“And those who were injured were mended at the nearby hospital at Chalk Farm in Willingdon.
“The nurses suggested for exercise the soldiers should walk the one mile from the hospital to The Polegate Inn and the one mile back, which many of them did therefore renaming it The Dinkum.
“And why the change of colour now? Because it has been 100 years to the day that the First World War happened and in honour of those brave soldiers who helped our brave soldiers.
“Of course canary gold and green are not the Australian flag colours, but it is the country’s colours. I would like everyone to know this story even if they don’t like the chosen colour.”