Ready, take aim, and get ready to give Chris a good soaking

The Trafford Arms, Pub of the Week.; Landlord Chris Higgins.; Photo: Denise Bradley

The Trafford Arms, Pub of the Week.; Landlord Chris Higgins.; Photo: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant © 2011

This is your chance to give one of the best-loved and most popular landlords in Norwich... a good soaking!

Robert Fleck. Norwich City v Ipswich Town.

Robert Fleck. Norwich City v Ipswich Town. - Credit: Archant

Historically people considered to be vagabonds and scallywags were placed in the stocks and abused by their fellow citizens as punishment.

On Saturday former City Sheriff Chris Higgins, mine host at The Trafford Arms will, along with some of the regulars, will be sentenced to be taken to the stocks and summarily pelted with wet sponges by said citizens of the Fine City... and anyone else who fancies a pop at the pub landlord.

'No official crime has been committed, except perhaps by me for overstaying my welcome at the Trafford by about 20 years,' laughed Chris.

He also happens to be a mad-keen Norwich City supporter and he has asked one of the most popular footballers ever to be played at Carrow Road, striker Robert Fleck, to throw the first sponge.


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'I have done so in the full knowledge that the sponge, painted yellow and green of course, will hit the target – me,' said Chris, who runs a pub which is at the heart of the community.

The stocks will be a highlight of the street party outside the Trafford this coming Saturday from noon... the whole idea is to have some fun and raise much needed funds for the St Martin's Housing Trust, addressing the needs of homeless people in Norwich and Norfolk, and Leeway, a charity encouraging breaking free from domestic abuse.

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There will be a road closure outside the pub on Grove Road so the party can take place – and it promises to great day out for the whole family.

Attractions include a barbecue and a face painter. Derek Spanton will be bringing his wonderful shire horse which pulls the Woodforde Dray who will also demonstrate his ability to drink a pint of ale from a glass – that's the horse not Derek.

There will be banjo players, Bollywood dancers and a choir. On sale will be a beer specially brewed by Woodforde's called Citizens' Revenge.

So why not go along, have some fun, support two brilliant local charities... and make sure it is a soggy day for our Chris.

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