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Boozer that's inn with the skin crowd!

PUB staff and regulars grinned and bared it in aid of a donkey sanctuary.

PUB staff and regulars grinned and bared it in aid of a donkey sanctuary.

Mike Collings and Liz Edwards, landlord and landlady of The Boot Inn at Willington, near Kelsall, stripped off to support an animal rescue charity from which they got their pet donkeys Bimbo and Ike.

They wanted to give something back to the Burnley-based Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) because the animals, who graze in a field next to The Boot, have given them so much enjoyment.

Liz explained: 'HAPPA have been having problems with foot and mouth. They have not had as many visitors so they have not had as many donations and they are struggling. With all the pleasure these donkeys have given us, and customers, we wanted to give a bit back. All the proceeds will go to them.'

She added: 'I had seen the saucy WI calendar and the Cheshire farriers did a calendar about two years ago and I thought if they can do it then we can do it.'

Liz is the cheeky pin-up for December and wore a skimpy Santa's outfit for the shoot. Her partner Mike is on the cover alongside the family dog 'H' and Bimbo the donkey.

Launching the year, as Mr January, is the scantily clad head chef Eddie Bougen with his dog Rags. Customers featured are Trevor Jukes, whose modestly is covered only by an antique tray, and Bill Cunliffe, who wouldn't even take his shoes and socks off!

Liz added: 'There were more men than women willing to take part. Many were peeved they didn't get in the calendar. I think they must be exhibitionists!'

Angie Dutton took the pictures and features as Miss April with a strategically placed umbrella.

The 24-year-old mum of three from Kelsall, who is studying for a national diploma in photography at Mid Cheshire College in Northwich and used to work at the pub, said: 'During one of the photo sessions I picked up my lads from school and had to take them with me. They tried to turn their heads away. They were quite shy.'

So far 66 calendars have been sold in just over a week. They are available, priced £5, from the pub and will shortly be available from Winsors Fruit Farm at Willington, the Rose Farm shop at Utkinton and Kelsall Service Station. For further information ring the pub on: 01829 751375

* Each of the photos in the calendar is accompanied by a jokey caption. The pub is running an alternative caption competition for people to come up with their own version for any of the pictures shown. The winner will get a meal for two at The Boot.


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