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Snapper backs racy seaside charity project

A saucy seaside calendar snapped by a local photographer in a campaign to raise awareness of cancer is ready for launch.

Tim Dale, of St Helen’s Road, joined the calendar project three years ago after his friend Mark Meakings, of Bexhill, who survived prostate cancer, asked for help.

The twelve shots are set around Bexhill seafront, and showcase the power of local beauties in tartan skirts to distract men and cause disaster.

Tim said: “It was so clearly a worthwhile project I signed up straightaway. We’ve been working on it off and on for the past three years, so it’s great to see it finished.

“It’s Mark’s project and his vision - I just helped him realise that by telling people where to stand and pressing the shutter.”

Despite Tim’s modesty some of the shots required hours of tinkering. One in particular, a shot of a distracted man falling off the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion after catching sight of a local seaside belle, took around a month to get right.

Mark, 64, of Sandhurst Lane, Whydown, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009 and has since led several campaigns to get people talking about the disease.

“I’m so excited at how good it looks,” Mark said. “I’ve wanted for ages to make a calendar that put a smile on people’s faces to balance the horrible nature of Prostate Cancer. Now we’ve done that.”

Tim shot the 2015 calendar, called Just One Look, mostly around the De La Warr Pavilion. Regular users of the pavilion may spot cafe staff moonlighting in miniskirts.

The project was inspired by Mark’s own late diagnosis.

“After the operation I was lucky to survive,” he said. “Guys are reluctant to go to a doctor with their symptoms - we need to be far more aware of this.”

Their calendar will be launched at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday, August 3, with live music between 11am-3pm from local band Loose Ends.

High-quality print, in A3 format, each calendar will sell for £9.95, with all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Those interested can pick up copies of the limited run at the De La Warr at the launch and afterwards, or pre-order online at: www.prostatecancercalendar.org.

 

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