A pint-pulling Cornish priest who was immortalised in a Beano cartoon has died.
Revd Barrington Bennetts was the landlord of Falmouth’s Seven Stars from 1975 until his death aged 79, on Christmas Eve.
He also served as assistant priest of the Parish Church of King Charles the Martyr, all the while managing the bar of his traditional alehouse.
Barrington was an honorary freeman of the town, and the Mayor’s chaplain.
His comic claim to fame came in Beano edition No 3151 for 7 Dec 2002 – “Crazy for Daisy”.
Falmouth cartoonist Nick Brennan featured Barrington as landlord of ‘The Reverend’s Pop Shop’.
A page-long tale shows the feisty clergyman – billed as ‘Supplier of pop to Beanotown for fifty years’ – giving a young lemonade thief the proverbial boot.
Barrington became enormously respected in Falmouth for his strong faith, kindly advice, and of course his historic, independent, traditional pub on the Moor.
Local Councillor Steve Eva told the News: “Barrington was a fine man and will be missed by us all.”
Tributes flooded in not only from the local area but from all corners of the globe.
One local resident posted on local paper the Falmouth Packet’s website: “The stars are shining more brightly and a big big hole has been left in Falmouth.
“Barrington was well known and always had time to listen to anyone’s problems.”
From Holland a Dutch couple posted: “This is a loss to the whole community of Falmouth! Our thoughts go to Nigel and his family.
“Dear Barrington we will remember you as a kind and gentle friend.