FENLAND: Saucy, sexy and set to take the district by storm- these are the Calendar Boys!
Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON THEY are saucy, sexy and set to take Fenland by storm – the Calendar Boys have dropped everything for a good cause. One of the hottest 2009 calendars up for grabs features some brave Chatteris hunks that were only too happy to go a
Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON
THEY are saucy, sexy and set to take Fenland by storm - the Calendar Boys have dropped everything for a good cause.
One of the hottest 2009 calendars up for grabs features some brave Chatteris hunks that were only too happy to go along with a cheeky fundraiser for local charities.
Gents hairdresser Sarah Sellers had no idea what the response from customers would be when she and employee Vicky Thorne put up a poster in their Chatteris shop asking for volunteers to pose nude for a calendar.
But the Fen tigers, including Sarah's husband, soon roared into action and signed up for the photo shoot.
Sarah said: "To start with we did have quite a long list but some lost their bottle when they knew we were serious."
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Customer Ryan Jarvis agreed to be the photographer and worked with Sarah to think of suitable poses and locations.
Sarah said: "During some of the shoots it was pouring with rain and I had to be the brolly dolly standing behind them! We had to think of suitable poses to keep their dignity intact."
The models are of varying ages and occupations and include a postman, prison officer and garage employees.
Sarah is hoping to sell at least 500 calendars at £5 each. Half the money will go to Chatteris Christmas Lights Fund and the rest to the town's cricket club, boxing club, swimming club, youth football club and football club.
Ryan hopes the calendar will help him fulfill his dream of becoming a professional photographer.
The 36 year old has spent several years battling anorexia and spent the end of 2007 and the early part of this year in Addenbrookes Hospital, in Cambridge.
With a stressful career in recruitment and, having endured hurtful comments about his weight, Ryan became a victim of the illness. He became so desperate to turn his life around that he was relieved to be admitted to hospital. He says the illness is similar to being an alcoholic, in that it never disappears completely.
Ryan was encouraged by nursing staff to pursue his dream of becoming a photographer.
He said: "I thought the calendar was a brilliant idea and all credit to Sarah and Vicky for making it happen. The Christmas lights are something that Chatteris really has going for it and the sports clubs are also a good thing to raise money for."
Ryan enjoyed working on the calendar. He said: "Some of them were a bit shy at first but others turned out to be real exhibitionists."
n Calendars are available from Sarah's shop in Park Street, Chrysalis Beauty, Rita's hair salon, Shoebiz, Chatteris Garage and The Lockshop.