Regulars at The Squire Inn in Chipping Sodbury strip off for cancer charity calendars
2:39pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
Billy and Den Tierney, Rich Bennett, Catherine Cotter, Emma Tierney and James Gale with photographer Rich McDonough and copies of their charity nude calendar in aid of Cancer Research UK
REGULARS at a Chipping Sodbury pub have raised more than a glass or two after stripping off for a nude calendar.
Locals and staff at The Squire Inn, on Broad Street, bared all during photo shoots for two calendars, a ladies and a male version, which will raise money for two cancer charities.
The Calendars Girl idea had been discussed at the pub for many years but finally came to fruition thanks to James Gale, manager of The Squire’s sister pub The Swan at Nibley.
“We were talking about it in January and saying what a shame it had never been done,” said James. “I picked it up and ran with it as part of our year of charity fundraising.
“It was surprisingly easy to get the models and a lot of people were really keen to get involved.”
Rich McDonough, who runs Rich McD Photography in Chipping Sodbury, stepped up to take the pictures for free and with 17 men and 16 women happy to strip off, the only thing missing was props.
“The men’s shoot was hilarious,” said James. “And with the girls once the initial dressing gown moment was done nobody really cared after that. All inhibitions were gone and Rich was very good at putting people at ease.”
Rich Bennett, who volunteered to take part in the first revealing shot with Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club chairman Andy Shield, said: “There were a lot of much younger, fitter men around so we just got on with the first one.
“It was great fun once we broke the ice with that first one.
“It is all in good cause and is part of what the Squire has become renowned for – helping charity.”
Emma Tierney, who works at the pub, said of the shoot: “It was brilliant. I really enjoyed it although I really didn’t think I was going to.
“I couldn’t get over how much fun it was. I would definitely do it again and a lot of people have said they want to be a bit braver next time.”
All profits from the two calendars will be split between Everyman, which funds research into male-specific cancer, and Breast Cancer UK.
“We decided we could generate more revenue by making two calendars,” said James. “A lot of our customers have been affected by cancer so we hope to raise at least £5,000 as we have an initial print run of 250 copies of each one.
“I expect we will have to order more though as we already have orders from ex-Sodburians living abroad. I think it will make a great cheeky Christmas present.”
The calendars will go on sale for £10 each at The Squire now following a launch night on Wednesday, October 16 at 7.30pm. All are welcome.
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