Wife’s tribute to landlord

David and Sarah Barrington
David and Sarah Barrington

David Barrington, popular landlord of the Spread Eagle who delighted guests for 35 years, has died.

And this week Mr Barrington’s wife Sarah paid tribute to her husband, describing him as a ‘raconteur with a sense of humour’.

She said: “He loved to be a hands on landlord, delighting in entertaining his guests.

“He wanted everyone’s visit to The Spread Eagle to be absolutely special, and just his very presence ensured that everyone had a lovely time.”

Mr Barrington, 78, died on March 12 after suffering from rare myasthenia gravis.

He had three children Julia, Robert and Penny and three grandchildren Amelie, Inigo and Aubrey.

The Spread Eagle hosted many key functions in the Thame calendar including Thames Valley Police, the Mayor’s Ball and the visit of the Duke and Prince Michael of Kent to name a few.

Former Thame Mayor Don Butler said: “He was an absolute gentleman, he was so nice and so welcoming.”

Family friend Thomas Pope said: “He was someone who when you spoke to him, you always felt happier.”