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landlady is turning orange

Landlady Marilyn Forster is preparing to wallow in a bath of baked beans for charity
Landlady Marilyn Forster is preparing to wallow in a bath of baked beans for charity

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PUNTERS will soon be seeing the landlady of The Queen’s Head in a very different light – orange.

Marilyn Forster has been at the helm of the historic pub, in High Street, Titchfield, for 10 years.

And to mark the milestone she will spend two hours in a bath filled with baked beans for charity tomorrow night.

Marilyn, 60, hit upon the idea when she decided to raise money for Charlie’s Beach Hut, a Stubbington charity which sends families of children who are seriously ill on holiday to Cornwall.

‘It is a charity close to our hearts’, said Marilyn.

‘We have raised around £2,000 for them in the past and I wanted to do something a bit different.

‘I spend more time in the kitchen cooking than I do behind the bar, so it had to be something that involved food.

‘I know I’m going to go a very funny shade of orange. And I think I’ll need a couple of gins to get me through it.’

The fun starts at 8pm on Friday night and regulars have already pledged £800 to see Marilyn take the plunge.

She said: ‘We have the very best customers. They are so generous.

‘Charlie’s Beach Hut is a special charity and they really dig deep for it.

‘My daughter-in-law did a 24-hour sponsored silence for them last year. I couldn’t have done that.

‘But this was something different that I knew I could do.

‘I’m just a bit worried about getting all the baked beans out of every nook and cranny!’

The second-hand bath will be in the hallway, and filled with 29 catering-sized tins of beans, donated by cash and carry firms Batleys and Macro.

Enterprise Inns has donated a barrel of beer to raffle.

To sponsor Marilyn, pop into the pub or go to the charity’s website, charliecodling.co.uk.

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