VIDEO: Wheelbarrow procession rolls through city

BACK in 1689 the Wheelbarrow Club was set up so that servants could wheel their masters home from lunch after a few too many drinks.

Thankfully that no longer remains the main purpose of the club, though a nod to their roots saw the mayor of Chichester carted through town on Saturday – though without the drink!

CHI 201214 CHI_Wheelbarrow_The annual wheelbarrow procession in Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141222-101206002

CHI 201214 CHI_Wheelbarrow_The annual wheelbarrow procession in Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141222-101206002

The historic club again held its annual wheelbarrow procession to deliver hampers for the elderly people it supports.

About 40 members took part in the colourful spectacle. Starting at St Pancras Church, they wound their way down to the alm houses on Westhampnett Road where they dropped off the Christmas parcels.

Bill Craven from the club said: “Our charity started in 1689 and used to see servants pushing their masters back from luncheons when they got too drunk.

“The only person we push now is the uptown mayor of Chichester. After we have dropped off the presents to the Old Dears Charity, we then push the uptown 
mayor all the way to the Nags Head pub.”

CHI 201214 CHI_Wheelbarrow_The annual wheelbarrow procession in Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141222-101029002

CHI 201214 CHI_Wheelbarrow_The annual wheelbarrow procession in Chichester. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141222-101029002

Mayor John Hughes seemed to enjoy himself, 
and the procession was followed by morris dancers and plenty of noise.

Staying with tradition, members sang Christmas carols as they dropped off the hampers at the Old Dears, a charity they support throughout the year.