Monk tat­too is very cheeky

His Monk tat­too raises £ 300 for pub bomb cam­paign­ers

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - ANDY RICHARDS andy. richards@ reach­plc. com

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

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