Pub regulars bare all for veterans’ charity

Some of the regulars starring in the calendar
Some of the regulars starring in the calendar

DRINKERS and regulars from a St Leonards pub have stripped off to raise money for charity.

The Nag’s Head in Gensing Road, which is owned by Punch Taverns and run by Steve and Angie Featherstone, will be selling the 2013 calendar showing the pub’s regulars posing with nothing on but a giant poppy to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Steve said: “It all came about as we were thinking of creative ways to fundraise and put up a notice in the pub so people could fill in their names.

“Originally the women were going to be photographed for the calendar but backed out, so the men stepped in.

“The shoot took place at the pub – they were all great sports and we had a good laugh with it.”

The pub, which has been holding a series of events for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, recently organised a sponsored bike ride from Eastbourne Pier to Hastings Pier which raised more than £1,000.

Steve added: “We are also planning to hold a charity night on November 10 where there will be games, leg waxing and raffles. There will also be live music and plenty to keep people entertained.

“Hopefully we will have a good turn out and with the sales of the calendar, we will raise a considerable sum for the charity. We have raised £1,300 so far for the Poppy Appeal – and it’s still rising.”

The calendar is on sale in the pub, priced at £5 with all money going towards the British Legion Poppy Appeal. For people who would like to mail-order the calendar, ring the pub on 01424 445973.

In the 2003 film Calendar Girls a group of Yorkshire women produce a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research.

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s major fundraising campaign. It raised £40 million in 2011.

The Royal British Legion is the UK’s main charity that provides practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.