Tro­phy to help good cause

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

EV­ERY Eng­land fan dreams of see­ing cap­tain Stephen Ger­rard hold the iconic World Cup tro­phy aloft in South Africa this year.

But for now, as foot­ball fever sweeps the city they will have to make do with gaz­ing long­ingly at one bought by two Wer­ring­ton pub land­lords look­ing to raise cash for char­ity.

Andy and Stu­art Sim­monds, who run the Ploughman pub in the Wer­ring­ton Cen­tre, had to send all the way to Ar­gentina to get their of­fi­cial replica World Cup.

It is the same type owned by cur­rent Ar­gentina man­ager Diego Maradona who got his hands on the real thing as a player at the 1986 World Cup fi­nals.

Now the broth­ers are hop­ing that their ver­sion will help raise funds for a lo­cal wor­thy cause by sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets with the cup as the star prize.

Andy said: “We are hop­ing this raf­fle will raise money for my child­hood friend James Lin­ford.

“I have known James for years and had worked with him over the years, but un­for­tu­nately he had an op­er­a­tion which has left him suf­fer­ing from “locked-in syn­drome”.

“It ba­si­cally means that he is in there but un­able to com­mu­ni­cate. He ob­vi­ously needs a lot of care and we thought by sell­ing the tick­ets at £1 a strip it will give his mum’s fundrais­ing a boost.”

The broth­ers took over the Wer- ring­ton pub in De­cem­ber and have since been work­ing hard to trans­form it.

Andy added: “It did have a bit of a bad rep­u­ta­tion when we took it over but we have al­ready started to at­tract groups back.

“We will be screen­ing all the matches and we have now de­vel­oped a real fam­ily feel to it which is great, so I would urge peo­ple to come along and get into the spirit of it.

“We are also host­ing a beer fes­ti­val in the first week­end in July and we have a whole host of events lined up for peo­ple to come along to and en­joy.”

The cup can be viewed at the pub and raf­fle tick­ets can also be pur­chased there while the tour­na­ment is on­go­ing. The draw for the win­ner will take place dur­ing the World Cup fi­nal.

Pic­ture: david lown­des.

iconic: Andy and Stu­art Sim­monds, joint land­lords at the Ploughman pub in Wer­ring­ton, with their World Cup tro­phy. (METP-26-05-10DL575)

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