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Poet in sponsored gig for stadium
Falmer stadium plans
Planning permission for the stadium was first applied for in 2001
A poet is staging a marathon sponsored event on Sunday to raise funds for Brighton and Hove Albion's fight for a new stadium.

Attila the Stockbroker, the club's poet in residence and a lifelong fan, will be performing for 10-and-a-half hours at the Evening Star pub in Brighton.

People can sponsor him by the hour or to perform particular songs or poems.

The football club is to find out early next year whether it can build a new 22,000-seater stadium at Falmer.

Anything considered, however unspeakable, as long as the Albion are well rewarded
Attila the Stockbroker

The club launched the Alive and Kicking campaign in September - aimed at raising 2m to stabilise its financial position as it continues the stadium inquiry process.

Attila the Stockbroker's gig runs from 1200 to 2230 GMT - opening to closing time at the pub in Surrey Street.

A special "Attila's 10-and-a-half hours" beer has been brewed for the occasion, with the takings from one barrel going to the campaign.

Mistletoe and Wine

Parts of the event will be themed, with 1500-1600 GMT Albion Hour - poems and songs about the Seagulls.

The following hour will be requests.

Withdean Stadium
Brighton currently play home games at 7,000-seater Withdean Stadium

Attila said: "Anything considered, however unspeakable, as long as the Albion are well rewarded.

"There's a sliding scale - the worse the song, the more the pledge has to be."

He said he had already been offered 50 each for Supertramp's The Logical Song and Cliff Richard's Mistletoe and Wine.

The Seagulls lost their last permanent home, the Goldstone Ground, in 1997 when then-chairman Bill Archer sold the ground without arranging a permanent replacement.

The team played at Gillingham in Kent for two years and since 1999 have been based at Withdean, an athletics stadium in Brighton.

The lengthy public inquiry into whether the stadium at Falmer can be built started early in 2003 and is to re-open in February.

It will end with a verdict from deputy prime minister John Prescott.




SEE ALSO
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