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Former ‘Trooper Potts’ public house to re-open as the ‘Victoria Cross’

The Victoria Cross

The Trooper Potts public house has been refurbished and renamed and will open on 17 July as the Victoria Cross.

Branded a Hungry Horse pub, the Trooper Potts opened in March 2016. That logo has now been taken down and replaced with the plainer Greene King logo.

Hungry Horse Ghost Sign

In 2015 Greene King ran a competition to name their new pub on Basingstoke Road and ‘Trooper Potts’ was the winner. This year they ran another competition to suggest a new name.

Trooper Potts who lived on Edgehill Street and attended Katesgrove School won the Victoria Cross at Gallipoli in 1915 for his heroism in rescuing a wounded comrade.


Links
  1. Greene King’s Hungry Horse website – Trooper Potts/Victoria Cross
  2. Greene King
  3. New Reading pub called the Trooper Potts
  4. The Trooper Potts Hungry Horse pub is being refurbished and you can suggest a new name
  5. ‘Trooper’ Potts VC memorial to be unveiled in October

1 comment

  1. One theory for the reason behind this change is that the name Trooper Potts was being spoonerised with unfortunate consequences (cf. Boar’s Head of less than blessed memory).If that was the case surely a change to Fred Potts VC would have been far better, keeping the link to Reading – and Katesgrove’s – hero.

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