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Monday, January 7, 2013
You don’t have to be in the first flush of youth to pose for a nude calendar, as staff and customers at a Norfolk farm shop proved by baring nearly all for charity for the second consecutive year.
Nine members of staff and seven customers feature in the second calendar created by Bobbin Bros farm shop, in Swardeston, near Norwich.
The men and women can be seen in various poses with strategically placed sunflowers and pumpkins protecting their modesty.
For every calendar sold, the firm will donate £1.50 to the Big C cancer charity and £1.50 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Last year’s calendar raised £1,000 for charity, but owner Michael Bobbin is hoping this year’s effort will do better.
He said: “We created a calendar last year and it was a success, so we thought we would do it again.
“To our surprise we have discovered customers sending Tomato Sauce to friends thousands of miles away in Australia. And this time we are featuring not only our staff but customers too.
“It’s along the lines of calendar girls and we are very pleased with how it looks.”
Mr Bobbin even bared all for the camera and is featured posing with a marrow for the month of September.
“Everybody has some connections to cancer and the Big C is a local charity so we thought it would be good to support them,” he said. “A few of the women in the shop have a connection to the Motor Neurone Disease Association and I was happy to go along with their idea and support the charity.”
The business was founded in 1929 by Mr Bobbin’s father Herbert, who was later joined by his brother Reggie. Michael Bobbin joined the firm in 1960 and was followed by his cousin John 10 years later. Mr Bobbin was left as sole trader to carry on the business when John died of cancer in July 2007.
The photography for the calendar was carried out by Ros Hawkes, Sylvia Barber, Annabelle Hawkes, and Emma Harvey, who also designed it.
Copies of the calendar can be bought at the farm shop in Main Road, Swardeston, or by calling 01508 570286 or email Bobbinbros@btconnect.com