Special Wadworth farewell to Devizes landlord
Devizes will come to a standstill next Tuesday when the coffin of popular local landlord Mark Lauchlan tours the town on the back of a horse-drawn Wadworth dray.
Mr Lauchlan died, aged 54, last Friday after a short battle with cancer. His death has devastated his three daughters, Amber, Holly and Emily. They described him as “larger than life”, as a “dad, grandpapa, friend and bad influence”.
He was in his sixth year of running the pub, having taken over from Colin and Jan Davis who had been there for 25 years.
The funeral is due to take place at West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, next Tuesday at 3.15pm but before that his coffin will be carried around the town on the back of a Wadworth horse-drawn dray, following the route of the carnival beer barrel race.
It is the first time such an mark of respect has been paid to a landlord since George Farrer, licensee of the Lamb Inn in St John’s Street, Devizes, died in August 2002 aged 61.
Lloyd Stephens, tenant trade director for Wadworth, said: “We were very saddened to hear the news that Mark Lauchlan had passed away.
“He was well liked by his customers and ran a very popular local pub.
“He took the tenancy in 2008 and worked hard to establish a business at the centre of the community.
“We have been in contact with his family and are offering our support during this difficult time.”