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Thekla doorman recognised for bravery

10 March 2020

THE DOORMAN of Thekla (cap. 400), the DHP Family-owned venue located in a boat moored in Bristol’s Floating Harbour, has been presented with a award for bravery, after rescuing a woman from the water.

The incident happened in November 2018 when a woman leapt into the water during a row with another woman. Head door manager Grayson Underhill jumped into the water and brought her back to safety.

Staff at the venue nominated Underhill for the National Pubwatch award for Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Award, which he received at a ceremony in Cardiff on 10 February.

“All of our venue managers and the core security team are trained in water safety management but none of us are lifeguards,” says Thekla general manager Alex Black.

“This is a rare incident for us and one we don’t hope to encounter again in the future, but on this night, Grayson went above and beyond the call of duty and it is truly commendable.”

The new award recognises individuals including pub and hospitality workers, members of the public and those serving in the emergency service, whose actions have prevented harm in the nighttime economy.

Acts playing the venue include Georgia, The Icicle Works, Sons of Liberty, and The Slow Readers Club.

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