Chichester mayor taken for a ride

The  Wheelbarrow club are this year joined by the Fishbourne Morris to celebrate their annual festive charity event.''C112001-1 Chi Wheelbarrow  Photo Louise Adams

The Wheelbarrow club are this year joined by the Fishbourne Morris to celebrate their annual festive charity event.''C112001-1 Chi Wheelbarrow Photo Louise Adams

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CHICHESTER mayor Tony French found himself in a spin for charity as he was taken for a ride by the city’s Wheelbarrow Club.

The fundraising event from the organisation recognised as the oldest dining club in Britain took place at The Nag’s Head in Eastgate Square.

It also included a visit to the group’s chosen cause, the Old Dear’s Trust which provides accommodation for several elderly people in central Chichester.

As Brian Skilling of the club explained, the tradition of wheelbarrow carrying is believed to have emerged from apprentices waiting outside the old Unicorn Inn to carry their drunken masters home.

Bill Craven, of the group added: “The day was very well attended and there were about 50 people there. We sang songs to the Old Dears and then went on for a few drinks at the Nag’s Head.

“We were glad to be raising money for the trust which supports four elderly people living at a property in Riverside, which we have recently been refurbishing.”