LANDLORD Anthony Youel wants regulars to understand the real meaning of Easter - so he’s being ‘crucified’ outside his South Yorkshire pub, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
He’s had a 13ft wooden cross made and will get pals to fix him to it in a field overlooking the beer garden next to The Monkey.
The pub is on Hollin Moor Lane, in the picture-postcard village of Thurgoland, between Sheffield and Barnsley.
But the 49-year-old married father of two is not bothered what people think as they drive past or pull up for a closer look at him on the cross, on Easter Sunday.
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“I’ve been getting funny looks all my life - it doesn’t worry me,’’ he said, during a ‘crucifixion’ dress rehearsal in front of his pub.
“This is certainly nothing to do with promoting my pub or making money.
“If I was driven by money I wouldn’t still be here in the pub game,
“I’ve been a Christian all my life and I love Jesus. I thought it was a poignant time to do this.”
Anthony’s mates will tie him to the cross tomorrow afternoon for an hour.
He said: “I know that’s the day Jesus rose again but I want people to remember the real meaning of Easter all weekend - that he died on the cross for all of us.
“Controversially, I wanted to feel a bit of the same pain. It might be hard for people to understand that. I just have to do it.
“The Christian way of life is a good way of life and I’m a bit fed up with all the rubbish in the world.
“That’s why I’m doing this, to draw attention to the real Easter message.”