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Lemon for life

A pub manager from Nottingham has honoured his commitment to having the face of a celebrity tattooed onto his leg in aid of charity.

Carl Thomas, 30, assistant manager of The Horn in Hand on Goldsmith Street, which is owned by Stonegate Pub Company, spent five hours in the tattooist chair as Justin Burnout from the Ghost House Tattoo in Derby etched an image of comedian and Celebrity Juice host, Keith Lemon’s face on Carl’s leg.

“I’m pretty sore today”, said Carl, “but I’m really happy with the final result and think Justin has done an amazing job. Justin is a talented tattoo artist and he kindly did the tattoo for free for me as his donation to my charity fundraising. I’ve only lived with it for a few days but it’s a pretty amazing reminder of the charity work and such a great cause. My girlfriend is also pleased with the result which is a bonus. This is definitely one of my favourites in my collection of tattoos plus it has the added bonus of making people smile.”

“I was in twitter contact with Keith whilst I was having the tattoo done and I think even he thought I was a bit crazy!”, he added.

The celebrity tattoo came about when Carl decided to raise money for Prostate Cancer and invited friends and the pub’s customers to vote for one of three celebrity faces to the etched on his skin for life. The choice was Fearne Cotton, Ricky Gervais or Keith Lemon. Keith pipped Ricky to the post with seven extra votes raising a combined total of £1519 for the charity. A further £200 has been donated by Stonegate Pub Company bringing the total raised to £1719.