LONDON — A small not-for-profit in the city of Nottingham, England, was unfamiliar prior to a significant monetary craze flung it into the social networks spotlight.
The World Wide Robin Hood Society, based in Sherwood, Nottingham, is run by a middle-aged couple passionate about promoting their home town and the myth of the seductive English legend and his merry band of hooligans, who robbed the abundant to offer to the bad.
On Thursday early morning their Twitter account had simply 350 fans, by Saturday it had 60,000 and counting.
Stopping the interview a number of times as alerts kept pinging on her phone, Lisa Douglas, 51, who belongs to the company with her hubby and runs its social networks accounts, informed NBC News she was thrilled however overwhelmed by the international attention.
“This has come as a bit of a shock…It’s been absolutely amazing,” she stated from her house.
“We’ve had so many people getting in touch and saying nice things,” she included. “We’ve been on the right side of the whole Robin Hood debacle.”
The attention follows a mix-up of names throughout a stock exchange craze over the computer game seller, GameStop. It saw its share rate pump up hugely on the stock trading app Robinhood, increased by assistance from online traders and members of a Reddit messaging board.
The roller-coaster monetary journey made international headings, as it pitted small-time financiers and online neighborhoods versus conventional Wall Street short-sellers.
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Like numerous others, Douglas states she does not completely comprehend the financial resources behind the GameStop legend however stated it showed the message of Robin Hood’s defiant legend still resonated in 2021.
“A lot of people are feeling very aggrieved at the moment about what’s happened with the Robinhood app, and you like to root for the little guy — and I think Robin Hood is the perfect example,” she stated.
Many brand-new fans of the Robin Hood Society — most from America however likewise Australia and Canada — have actually vowed to check out the English city of 300,000 individuals, stated Douglas. While others have actually shared household links to Britain, used to make contributions or just stated hey there, she included.
Douglas, who calls herself “a Nottingham girl,” stated the society started in 1998, co-founded by her hubby who operates in IT and a couple of other Robin Hood lovers. They hope the present attention will draw individuals to visit their city, which boasts well-known forests and a middle ages castle.
And does she have a message for the society’s brand-new fans?
“We’d just like to say thank you to everybody … it’s been lovely to connect with people from across the world,” she stated.