Landlord of The Stag mucks in with locals

IN CHARGE Landlords Chris Andrews and wife Karen.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (121450-2907)
IN CHARGE Landlords Chris Andrews and wife Karen. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121450-2907)
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Sporting a swollen black eye, pub landlord Chris Andrews looks like he’s been in the wars.

But in fact the boss of The Stag, in New Road, Buckland, picked up the injury during a charity boxing match with one of his regulars Paul Williams.

Mr Andrews fought in a contest inside the Pyramids Centre, Southsea, last Saturday, raising £1,500 for Cancer Research UK.

The cash came from a percentage of ticket sales from the event.

Mr Andrews and his customer held out for a draw after they competed in two rounds lasting three minutes each.

Others from across the city also took part and helped to raise money for other charities.

Prior to the contest Mr Andrews and his customer were given three months worth of training by The University of Portsmouth Boxing Club.

The 43-year-old, who has ran The Stag with his wife Karen, 43, for two-and-a-half years, said: ‘The feeling of being inside the boxing ring was amazing.

‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

‘We were so impressed with the amount of people that turned out for it.

‘I want to say a big thank you to the boxing club for training us free of charge.’

The pub will now continue to raise money for Cancer Research UK for the next year.

Mr and Mrs Andrews have chosen to support the charity because one of their regulars recently overcame their battle with cancer.

And Mr Andrews wants to continue mucking in with the locals.

He wants to hold a charity tug-of-war at Baffins Pond and set up a weekly quiz night.

The pub, which is owned by Fuller’s, underwent a small refurbishment four years ago. The ladies toilets and the bar area were given a new lick of paint.

Mrs Andrews said: ‘Life is fantastic at this pub.

‘We have a great bunch of customers.

‘Many of them have been drinking here for the last 10 to 15 years so they’re extremely loyal.

‘It makes it all worthwhile when they tell you how much of a good job you’re doing.’