Pendle slimmers bared all for charity!

Slimming World members take part in the 'Calendar Girls' style photo shoot at Encore Dance in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
Slimming World members take part in the 'Calendar Girls' style photo shoot at Encore Dance in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
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Brave Pendle slimmers have bared all in the name of charity.

Inspired by Calendar Girls, 10 women and two men from Barrowford’s Slimming World group set off on a mission to raise as much money as possible for Pendleside Hospice.

The devoted group have now finished creating their own 2014 calendar, having met at Encore Dance Studio in Colne for a full-day shoot.

Like in the 2003 film, props were used to cover their modesty, and it was decided to base each month around a different theme. June is inspired by Father’s Day, August focuses on Colne’s Rhythm and Blues Festival, and November is based around Bonfire Night.

Local sites and venues, including The Crown Hotel and the North Valley Road roundabout, were also used by Burnley-based photographer Graham Slade for the calendar. Mr Slade offered his services for free, as have the printers from Lomeshaye Industrial Estate and the hairdresser from Strawberry Peach.

One of the organisers of the Calendar Girls shoot Andrea Monk (29), of Knotts Lane, Colne, said: “It came about because we have all lost a lot of weight between us, and we said that we should do a naked calendar for the hospice.

“The day went a lot better than we ever thought it would.

“Pendleside Hospice have got behind the idea as well, which has been really good, and they can’t wait to see the calendar.”

Andrea, who took on the role of Miss March, went on to say that the calendars have had such high demand that the group has already sold 100. They are now getting more printed, and they will be ready to buy for £5 from the beginning of December.

They will be available from Slimming World, at Higherford Methodist Church, from 5pm and 7pm, on a Wednesday, and from Strawberry Peach, in Spring Lane.