Life-sized statue of Norwich pub landlord unveiled by presenter Jake Humphrey
PUBLISHED: 08:14 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 08:14 22 September 2017
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A life-sized statue of a Norwich pub landlord has been revealed by BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey.
Phil Cutter of The Gardeners Arms, also known as the Murderers, in Norwich has been immortalised in bronze fibreglass after winning BT’s Manager of the Month, which celebrates landlords who use sport to bring people together.
Mr Cutter said: “To be honest I thought ‘why would anyone want to make a life-size sculpture of me?’ But he said it was going to have a big national profile.
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“I came round to thinking it wasn’t a wind up and it was real.”
The landlord is one of the first publicans in the country to win the award. Mr Cutter was awarded the statue for having TVs in the toilets of the pub.
This is immortalised on the statue which has “For having TVs in the loos so fans never miss a second of the match” engraved on it.
He stood still while 160 cameras, which were all trained on him, took a 360-degree picture, from which his sculpture has been made.
Mr Cutter, who is also the co-chairman of the Norwich City of Ale Festival, said he was “really very proud” to be recognised in this way.
Sport is a great way to get people to come back into pubs,” he said, “Through having TVs in our toilets it means that customers and supporters don’t have to miss a moment of action.”
The statue was unveiled Noriwch City fan Mr Humphrey. He said: “This is the sort of pub that I used to drink in when I was a younger man.
“Philip is using sports to make his pub a really special place and we came to celebrate with him and unveil the bronze [work].”
Mr Humphrey said: “It is this sort of stuff that makes the pub stand out, it makes the story a little bit different and it is good for sports fans, and if it’s good for the fans its good by me.”
Earlier this year, Mr Cutter pulled his one-millionth pint after working at the Timber Hill pub since 1987.