Chichester’s Wheelbarrow club raises money for sheltered housing

Wheelbarrow club on its charity event at the Nags Head in Chichester
Wheelbarrow club on its charity event at the Nags Head in Chichester

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 Nags Head in Eastgate Square.

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

Formally known as the Corporation of St Pancras, the group traces its roots back to the 1680s when it formed in support of William of Orange at the site of the Observer offices what was formerly the Unicorn Inn.

Its traditions have become clouded down the generations but a firm fixture has remained its march, with this year being no exception.

The colourful procession which included Morris Dancers into the city centre complete with Mayor French being transported in a barrow.

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.

This year’s event included a range of raffle prizes on offer in a bid to raise as much as possible for charity.

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