Wild animals find a new watering hole – at the pub

(left) Landlord of the Blue Bell pub in Emsworth, Giles Babb has joined up with photographer Simon John to create a stunning image they are selling for The Rowans Hospice. All of the pubs regulars have been charactirsed with real life photos of wild animals taken at Marwell Zoo. They have been superimposed on a picture of the outside the pub'.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150219-769) PPP-150902-142240001
(left) Landlord of the Blue Bell pub in Emsworth, Giles Babb has joined up with photographer Simon John to create a stunning image they are selling for The Rowans Hospice. All of the pubs regulars have been charactirsed with real life photos of wild animals taken at Marwell Zoo. They have been superimposed on a picture of the outside the pub'.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150219-769) PPP-150902-142240001
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Regulars are in for a treat when they see themselves depicted outside their favourite watering hole – as wild animals.

Giles Babb, the landlord of The Blue Bell Inn, Southsea Street, Emsworth, has joined forces with wedding photographer Simon John to create a unique print for charity.

The pair visited Marwell Zoo to take snaps of the tigers, giraffes and elephants for a photography lesson Giles’ wife Charlotte bought him for Christmas.

Together they came up with the idea of superimposing the images to a photograph of the historic fisherman’s pub to represent the punters.

The prints are now being sold for £100 each to raise money for The Rowans Hospice, Purbrook.

Giles said: ‘The Rowans is very close to my heart as they cared for my mum Jane who passed away in 2007.

‘They were great in every aspect, not just looking after mum but looking after us as a family too.

‘Simon had an idea to put unusual animals in places around Wickham Square.

‘It got me thinking that outside The Blue Bell would be great as the different animals would represent all the different customers we get in – from the man in the suit to the builder and butcher.

‘Each one has a different personality but get on and have a beer together.’

Mrs Babb suffered from lung cancer and also secondary brain cancer. She died aged just 49.

Simon said: ‘Don’t ask me where the idea came from but I thought it would be fun to put exotic animals in very normal surroundings.

‘When I told Giles of my idea we both decided The Blue Bell was the perfect place for my quirky piece.

‘He was so enthusiastic.’

The prints are for sale at £100 each and all the money raised will go to The Rowans.

To buy a print pop in to The Blue Bell, call 01243 373394 or go to simonjohn.co.uk.