Swardeston farm shop releases own charity nude calendar

Cheeky workers at a south Norfolk farm shop hope to raise hundreds of pounds for charity after posing naked in their own calendar.

With just a few strategically placed straw bales and cucumbers to protect their modesty, fun-loving staff at Bobbin's farm shop and smallholding at Swardeston threw themselves into a series of daring photoshoots during the year to create the risqu� calendar entitled Tomato Sauce.

The calendar is already proving a hit with customers and money from every sale will be donated to Norwich-based cancer charity the Big C and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Both charities support research into diseases which have affected the families of many of the shop's employees – including owner Michael Bobbin who lost his cousin and business partner John to cancer in 2007.

Mr Bobbin, who joined his staff in baring all to the cameras, said: 'We have had people come up to the nursery and use it for photoshoots in the past and the girls had joked about doing something like this.'

He added: 'The girls certainly enjoyed making it. It's something unusual and new to everyone around here. Generally people have been impressed with it and have had a good laugh about it.'

One of the nude volunteers, Sylvia Barber, said: 'We all saw a different side to each other in more ways then one – and so did the neighbours looking out of their bedroom window as we did the shoot in the sweetcorn.

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'We are all pleased that Michael didn't ask for a Christmas shoot amid the Christmas tress and wreaths – far too prickly.'

This year also saw staff don vintage costumes to celebrate the business' 80-year history.

Mr Bobbin said: 'Our family business started back in the 1920s and is still flourishing today so as well as baring all we dressed up in 1940s-style clothes to reflect that memorable time when the business was a hive of activity supporting the war effort.'

The business was founded in 1929 by Mr Bobbin's father Herbert, who was later joined by his brother Regie. Mr Bobbin joined the firm in 1960 and was followed by his cousin John 10 years later.

Copies of the calendar can be bought at the farm shop in Main Road, Swardeston. For more information, visit www.bobbinsfarmshop.co.uk

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