Monk tattoo is very cheeky
His Monk tattoo raises £ 300 for pub bomb campaigners
BIRMINGHAM City fan Kevin Tomlinson’s cheek has proved a money earner for pub bombings campaigners.
The Blues fanatic had a pictured of manager Garry Monk tattooed on his bum after his team beat Fulham earlier this month to stay in the Championship.
Hearing about the plan, Monk donated £ 80 towards the artwork which was done by Richard Head from Pinstripe Tattoo Parlour.
But warehouse worker Kevin, aged 29, from Chelmsley Wood, earned extra sponsorship which he pledged to the Justice4the21 campaign. Now the dad- of- two has presented the group with a cheque for £ 300.
The money will go to a fund to pay for court fees, after the Legal Aid Agency repeatedly snubbed campaigners’ applications for help. He said: “I’ve been saying it’s a good job he’s a good- looking manager, it could have been Harry Redknapp! I told my family, including my daughter Scarlett, and they didn’t believe me at first. They were asking why couldn’t I have it on my arm or leg. I can’t believe how much it has taken off. I put the fund at £ 100 and had a few donations, getting to around £ 30, and suddenly Garry Monk donated £ 80.”
His partner, Amanda Hutchinson, aged 29, said: “I was a bit shocked at first but we thought we may as well raise money for charity.”
Justice4the21 campaign spokeswoman Julie Hambleton said: “We have a new set of super heroes who have joined our growing team family.
“Kevin Tomlinson and his family and friends have helped raise £ 300 for us.
“Such generosity and kindness from younger generations is astounding, especially their two girls who are an absolute delight.”
Kevin, Amanda, Scarlett, aged six and Jessie May, aged 10, made the cheque presentation in the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral, near to the memorial for the 21 victims of the Birmingham pub bombings. They died when IRA bombers attacked two pubs, The Mulberry Bush and The Tavern in The Town, in November 1974. New inquests are to be held into the deaths, but campaigners are locked in a legal battle in a bid to ensure the issue of the bombers is fully explored at the hearing. They will take their case to the Appeal Court in London shortly.
Amanda, Kevin, Scarlett and Jessie May present the cheque to Julie Hambleton and, right, the Garry Monk tattoo on Kevin’s bum. Below right: the Blues manager