Stourport set to strip - all in the best possible taste

CALENDAR GIRLS: Tina Button, left and Rachel Francis toast the Stourport Gets Naked calendars.

CALENDAR GIRLS: Tina Button, left and Rachel Francis toast the Stourport Gets Naked calendars.

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STOURPORT shopkeepers and office workers are going The Full Monty for charity and it is all in the best possible taste.

Staff from 26 companies and community groups in the town are stripping off and posing, Calendar Girls -style, with their modesty protected by strate - gically placed objects.

The images – captured by local photographer Rachel Francis – will appear on two 2015 calendars, to go on sale later this year, to raise money for charities, Mentor Link at Stourport and Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster.

The Stourport Gets Naked for Charity project is the brainchild of Tina Button, owner of the Finishin’ Touch beauty salon in Bridge Street, who roped in her friend Mrs Francis, managing director of For All Seasons Photography, of Steatite Way.

They hope to raise around £30,000 to split between Mentor Link, which supports children and young people across Worcestershire, by providing them with a volunteer mentor.

“It’s been so much fun and is a great way of getting the whole community together,” said Mrs Francis, 43, who diplomatically blanks out windows for the photoshoots. She said: “A lot of people have been very nervous to start with but we make sure everyone is happy with the photographs before they are chosen for the calendar.”

A total of about 100 people feature in the calendar and businesses are also chipping in the £1,700 production cost.

Among the firms taking part are Nicky’s Flowers, Spectacle Warehouse, All Occasions, Riverside chip shop, the Wheatsheaf pub and Blossoms Tea Rooms. The Monday Night Group, which stages pantomimes at the Civic Hall for charity, has also taken part.

Miss Button, 35, said: “The local spirit is electric and everyone networking to - gether is really starting to pay off.”

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