South Norwood Tourist Board Proudly Presents… PicklesFest 2016!
On the 27th March, we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the day when the World Cup was rescued by a South Norwood dog going by the name of Pickles. The Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen from Westminster Central Hall on 20th March 1966 and the FA were forced to commission a replica. Without Pickles heroic intervention, a week later, that glorious year for English football would have been very different.
To celebrate our famous furry, friend South Norwood Tourist Board are organising a series of events which promise to be fun for all the family!
- 18th March: The song, Pickles Wonderdog by Ritchie Lamy & the Jools Rimet Orchestra is released on iTunes. All proceeds raised will be donated to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
- 18th March: Become Pickles! Download the FREE cut out and keep mask. Fun for all the family.
- 27th March (1 PM): The World Cup Treasure Hunt (obviously) with The Friends Of South Norwood Country Park. Come to South Norwood Country Park where the Jules Rimet trophy will be hidden, wrapped in newspaper. Follow the clues to find the cup. Come dressed as Pickles, come dressed as Sherlock Holmes or Bobby Charlton or whoever you like.
- 27th March (5 PM): Pickles Party! At South Norwood & Woodside Social Club, Enmore Rd. An evening of fun and games and music with Ritchie Lamy, RPM: Rosie Plays Music and more to be confirmed. The treasure hunt winner’s prize will be awarded by comedian and roving reporter for MOTD 2, Kevin Day.
We are currently in negotiations to source some decent prizes for the day. More details to follow.
However, despite initially promising negotiations with the FA, they decided they wanted £12,000 to allow us to put the replica in a glass cabinet for a day – just a little shy of the ransom demanded by the thieves for the original back in 1966. Well, in the spirit of jumpers-for-goalposts rather than wads-of-cash we have our own replica of the replica of the replica – or is it the replica of the replica of the replica of the replica? With all these replicas about it gets confusing!
While Pickles is undoubtedly centre stage for the whole event, what we’re celebrating is community. That all of us – even a mongrel dog with a taste for chewing furniture – can make a lasting impression on the world. SNTB would like to thanks all of those in the local community who have helped to get PicklesFest off the ground. We will be putting a wall of thanks on the website in due course.
We look forward to seeing you all on 27th March – and remember from 18th March you can download Pickles Wonderdog from iTunes and your free Pickles mask from 18th March.
Let the celebrations begin!