Birthday suits are for Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls style calendar
Calendar Girls style calendar

Actors and actresses have stripped off for their own Calendar Girls style calendar – and they are performing the play too.

The calendar, which runs until March 2014, shows them in a variety of locations around Northill and Ickwell.

The women can be seen at Twin Trees stables and hay barn, in Ickwell Cricket Club’s bar and in different houses and gardens.

They borrowed John Mullen of Northill’s veteran car and Mick Holmes of Ickwell’s Lambretta. And the men also got the chance to shine, posing as builders for the September picture.

Sue Myall, publicity officer for the group, said: “We got ready with our dressing gowns on and the photographer, Bernard, went out of the room.

“We were ready when he came back in.”

The group will be performing Calendar Girls on Thursday, February 28, Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2.

Performances start at 7.30pm in Northill Village Hall and tickets cost £10.

Explaining the choice of production, Sue said: “We do a production every year, sometimes twice a year.

“Last year I was looking at what we could do. We were going to do some period thing and I looked on a website to see what other people are doing.

“It was on film and then stage production and then for one year only it was sent out to be performed by amateur dramatics groups around the country. It was just that one year.

“We had a meeting and thought ‘are we up for this girls’ and decided yes we’d do it.”

The performances were initially scheduled for October but they had to be deferred because the hall’s roof needed repairing.

They haven’t rehearsed any of the scenes in the nude since the photos were taken!

The money raised will go to the Calendar Girls’ chosen charity, Leukaemia Research, plus Sue Ryder and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tickets and £5 calendars are available from Sue on 01767 627725 or chairman Val Rapley on 01767 627775.

The calendars will also be on sale at the performances.