Huge cup of positivi-tea aims to inspire and uplift

Mysterious giant tankard has appeared outside The High Flyer pub in Ely.

Mysterious giant tankard has appeared outside The High Flyer pub in Ely. - Credit: ANGII SMITH

The mystery behind the opinion-splitting erection of an eight-foot-high tankard outside one of Ely's pubs has been revealed.

It's all part of an elaborate announcement ahead of the July 22 reopening of The High Flyer pub and restaurant, which is to become a boutique hotel. 

"You may have seen a new addition to our team... it's our HUGE cup of POSITIVITEA," say the team at the High Flyer, which is part of the Great British Inn chain.

"After the last year, we wanted to add something inspirational to make sure you all have a BREW-TIFUL day, even if you're just driving past.

The world's biggest cup of tea, at Blackfriars station in 2014, as part of Network Rail's #solarbrew campaign.

The world's biggest cup of tea, at Blackfriars station in 2014, as part of Network Rail's #solarbrew campaign. - Credit: NETWORK RAIL

"It will have a whole latte' inspirational quotes, amazing art work and hopefully keep your cup not only half full, but completely full.

"If it isn't your cup of tea, that's also fine, we are just trying to espress ourselves.


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The family-run pub is also looking for a local charity to support, saying that every 10 pence from any hot drink sold will be donated to the chosen charity."

It is thought that the mug was used in Network Rail's solar brew campaign. We have approached them for comment.

However, the giant object, which has two doors that lead into it, has split opinion among local residents.

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Angii Smith called it a "monstrosity" while Claire Hill branded it an "eyesore".

This mysterious giant tankard has appeared outside The High Flyer pub in Ely.

This mysterious giant tankard has appeared outside The High Flyer pub in Ely. - Credit: ANGII SMITH


Bridget Hickish meanwhile described it as "a bit 'end of the pier' while Elaine Cole said she was concerned that it could become a target of graffiti. 

The massive tankard does seem to have some fans though; Clare Randall said "I think it’s quite quirky" while Andrew Hunt said "I think it looks smart and I take my hat off to whoever made it and installed it". 

The owner of Ely cafe Marmalade & Jam meanwhile joked that she would put up a giant scone outside if the tankard gets past planning permission.

Angii Smith added: "I can't see, even being covered with something, that it will look nice? Surprised our council allowed it.

"But the workers outside are very proud of their coffee cup."

There was also some speculation as to whether plannin permission had been granted for the cup. 

East Cambs Council have since said their planning enforcement team has been made aware and that they are "looking into the matter. 

"We would like to thank residents for reporting this to the council."

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