Pubs kick off for Help for Heroes
December 20, 2011
Staff and drinkers at two town centre pubs took to the pitch for charity.
Two teams made up of bar staff and regulars from The Crispin in Denmark Street and The Ship Inn in Peach Street locked horns during a game at Cantley Park in Twyford Road on Sunday, December 4.
Watched by a crowd of family and friends, the 90-minute match ended with The Ship winning 5-3, in the fundraiser for Help for Heroes.
The pubs have so far raised more than £300 for the armed forces charity, and hope to increase that at further events, including a quiz night and disco, planned for the Christmas period.
Austin Hamshere, assistant manager at The Ship, said: “It was probably the greatest game of football that has ever been played.
“At one point we had a seven-year-old playing at centre back for about 20 minutes and a girl up front.
“On a serious note it was a really nice day, we had good fun and have raised a bit of cash.”
Wayne Brooks, landlord at The Ship, added: “Those who went down there were treated to tea, coffee and hot drinks at half time to keep them warm and afterwards some of them came back here for some food we had put on for them”