Southsea sprout competition returns

Katie Rogers and Steven Hendry at The Phoenix in Southsea for the sprout eating event in aid of the Return To Normandy charity 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160343-2)
Katie Rogers and Steven Hendry at The Phoenix in Southsea for the sprout eating event in aid of the Return To Normandy charity Picture: Ian Hargreaves (160343-2)
Picture: Isle of Wight Radio/PA Wire

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  • Landlady Kath Birche says they have raised £1,500
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THEY’RE not just for Christmas – a point proved as dozens of people took part in a sprout eating competition at a pub.

The unusual event took place in The Phoenix Pub, in Duncan Road, Southsea, in aid of Return to Normandy, a charity which helps veterans return to Normandy for the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Landings.

Phoenix landlady Kath Birche, 50, said: ‘We have raised £1,500 so far and we are still expecting to receive more. Sprout eating always attracts a lot of people - even if it is just to watch you suffer. The winner was Chris Cait who ate 140 sprouts in a hour and a half.

‘We have received so much support and have smashed our target, and we will definitely be holding an event like this again.’