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Downe pub regulars drop trousers for calendar for Diabetes UK

PUBLISHED: 16:52 29 December 2011

The calendar featuring regulars at the George and Dragon pub, Downe.

The calendar featuring regulars at the George and Dragon pub, Downe.

Jamie Newman

Residents of a Kent village who dropped their trousers for charity are hoping to boost the funds of a charity which helps people with diabetes.

Regulars from the George and Dragon pub in Downe’s High Street posed for a calendar to help boost the funds of Diabetes UK after the nephew of one of their regulars died from a seizure.

DowneTrousers 2012 is a cheeky calendar, following in the footsteps of the ladies of the WI and features men with very few clothes on and strategically placed props in a range of rural and farm settings.

Pub barmaid Kay Ford said: “Last year while we were putting the first DowneTrousers calendar together in memory of my sister Natalie, Robert Herd’s nephew, Peter Herd had a seizure and died very suddenly aged just 16.

“Even though it was a very difficult period for him, Robert found the time and energy to keep working on the layout and made sure we got the artwork to the printers on time.

“We couldn’t have done it without him last year and we agreed we should raise money in Peter’s name this year.

“There is a real community spirit in the village and the locals are always ready to support a good cause.”

Last year’s DowneTrousers calendar raised £2,950 for Cystic Fibrosis, funding the purchase of nebulisers for five children.

The models hope this year’s calendar will be equally successful and raise a similar amount in aid of Diabetes UK.

Landlord Jamie Newman, who took many of the photos this year, said: “The furthest we sent the calendar was New Zealand – it couldn’t have gone any further. We also had an order from Florida.”

The calendar features a bank manager, electrician, chef and engineer.

Mr Newman added: “It was easy to get them to pose.”

Copies are on sale from High Street businesses the George and Dragon in Downe High Street, Cake teashop, Sereta Cattery, and Christmas Tree Farm in Cudham Road.

The calendar is available from the pub on 01689 889030 or via the website www.downetrousers.co.uk

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