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Online quiz plan for pub sell-off

Plash Inn, Whitland, Carmarthenshire
The Plash Inn comes complete with a holiday cottage

A pub quiz with a difference is being launched online this week by a landlord who has failed to sell the business by traditional means.

Steve Goymer, 34, and wife Christie, 25, are trying to sell the Plash Inn at Whitland in Carmarthenshire through an online competition.

The family are selling up because they say they cannot "do justice" to the pub and look after their disabled son Ioan.

So up to 30,000 entries - each with a 20 fee - are being sought via the web.

Mr and Mrs Goymer and his parents Jennifer and Jim moved from Nuneaton in Warwickshire to west Wales in August 2004 with son Rhys, now six.

Mr Goymer, who previously worked in the hospitality trade, said everything had gone well until their second son Ioan, was born in June 2007, with Down's Syndrome.

We know it's a little unusual, but we do want to be able to devote the time and attention our young son needs
Steve Goymer

"He has to have so many therapies and treatments that we have found we are unable to do justice to running the pub," said Mr Goymer.

"Obviously, you can't get rid of a child, so we decided we had to get rid of the pub."

The mid-terrace pub which comes complete with a one-bedroom cottage was put up for sale "reluctantly" with a 320,000 price tag last April.

But after seven months without a sale, Mr Goymer said they came up with the competition idea.

"It is not a raffle because we would fall foul of gambling laws," said the publican.

"It's a competition consisting of four questions and a tie breaker for which entrants will have to show skill and judgement. I want to stress that."

Steve and Christie Goymer with sons Ioan and Rhyd
The family plan to stay on in west Wales once the pub is sold

The winner will be chosen by two independent judges, the publican said.

A website is now live and it will open for entries on Tuesday and close at the end of June, providing they have reached 95% of the hoped-for 30,000 entrants.

If not, said Mr Goymer, it will be extended until September when, if it has failed to reach the target, the fees received will be put into a pot and the winner given a cash prize.

Mr Goymer said there has been "a lot of interest" in the competition.

He said that if the pub is sold, he and his wife and his parents, who are all the mortgage payers will "clear about 200,000" once VAT, creditors and other expenses, including a donation to charities have been paid.

"We know it's a little unusual, but we do want to be able to devote the time and attention our young son's needs," he said.

However, the family intend to stay in Wales and Mrs Goymer plans to return to her work as a swimming teacher.

Mr Goymer said he might be willing to stay on as a manager for the new owners of the pub, but the terms would need to be "flexible enough" for his family commitments.

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