THIS WEEK IN 1987: Barman Kevin has thirst for charity

Waiting for the off, Kevin Murphy was all set for his charity walk (C1354-1)
Waiting for the off, Kevin Murphy was all set for his charity walk (C1354-1)
One of the Shipp fruit and veg shops at 10 and 12 Meadow Street, Landport, in 1986.

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Cocktail barman Kevin Murphy came up with a long, slow money-spinner...

It was not a refreshing new drink, but a thirsty 500-mile hike from Portsmouth for charity.

Kevin, 21, worked as a cocktail waiter at Ritzy’s former nightspot in Arundel Street.

But he was determined to make use of some time off by walking between major cities to raise thousands of pounds.

He hoped to be joined on sections of the route – between Newport, South Wales, Stoke, Nottingham and London – by other Mecca employees.

Kevin, from Southsea, said: ‘I’ve been walking to Havant and back for training.

‘I’m setting off on May 4 and plan to be back in Portsmouth by May 25.’