By George! Celebrations get spiced up

From left, Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, Spice Village owner Abdul Ahad, veterans Harold Groom, Pat Wardle and Hugh Pollock, head chef Abdus Samad, chairwoman of Emsworth Business Association Carol Haskett and Mark Lewis
From left, Cllr Brendan Gibb-Gray, Spice Village owner Abdul Ahad, veterans Harold Groom, Pat Wardle and Hugh Pollock, head chef Abdus Samad, chairwoman of Emsworth Business Association Carol Haskett and Mark Lewis

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ALL the profits from a restaurant’s curry night are going to be donated to an army charity to celebrate St George’s Day.

The Spice Village is in Emsworth – which next week will host a series of events leading up to the parade on Thursday.

Abdul Ahad, the owner of the curry house in The Square, has promised all the profits from the restaurant on Monday night will go to the Army Benevolent Fund.

He said: ‘We have been doing good business in Emsworth for a while and I wanted to give something back to the community.

‘We get a lot of customers from the army base in Thorney Island and we enjoy the parade every year.

‘It is good that we celebrate St George’s Day so well in Emsworth.

‘That is why we thought it would be good to do this charity night.’

The parade and the events leading up to it have been organised by residents and Emsworth councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray.

He said: ‘What he is doing is amazingly generous.

‘He is giving his restaurant and the proceeds to the Emsworth community so that we can raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund. He hopes to make £1,000 on the night. He is working very hard to produce a menu that will appeal to all tastes.

‘His wife and family are also very excited to show people what they can do with Bangladeshi cuisine.

‘It says something when people from different countries support something that is very typically English.’

The event will kickstart a week of celebration in the town.

Members of Portsmouth Festival Choir will be singing at a Proms-style event at St James’ Church, in Emsworth, at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

At 10.30am on Thursday thousands are expected to line the streets for the military parade of 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Thorney Island.

To book a table at the curry night call 01243 379222.