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LOWESTOFT FC: Blues grin and bare it

PUBLISHED: 11:05 26 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:52 06 July 2010

CALENDAR BOYS: Lowestoft's likely lads line up for the camera ahead of publication of their forthcoming charity calendar. Picture: ANDREW BASTOW

CALENDAR BOYS: Lowestoft's likely lads line up for the camera ahead of publication of their forthcoming charity calendar. Picture: ANDREW BASTOW

Mark Boggis

BARING all for a special charity calendar, Lowestoft Town's table-topping players, management and officials have teamed up to support a worthy cause.

The Lowestoft Town FC prostate cancer appeal fund has been unveiled as cash is raised to back the national charity and raise awareness during this month's annual health campaign.

BARING all for a special charity calendar, Lowestoft Town's table-topping players, management and officials have teamed up to support a worthy cause.

The Lowestoft Town FC prostate cancer appeal fund has been unveiled as cash is raised to back the national charity and raise awareness during this month's annual health campaign.

For the past few months, a variety of photographs have been taken at landmarks in the town - including the Water Lane sports centre, Godfreys, Winelodge, Petrogramme and on the pitch at Crown Meadow - ahead of publication of the 2011 calendar.

And today, The Journal can reveal the treat in store for readers as December's festive image on the calendar is exclusively unveiled.

Organised by Blues fan Mike Willgoss, the calendar has been backed by the Crown Meadow club and officials and is sponsored by Petrogramme and Electro-tech.

“There have been lots of laughs and good humour since we started last July, and all the lads, Micky (Chapman) and Ady (Gallagher) and everyone up at the Meadow have been brilliant,” Mr Willgoss said.

Images of Gary McGee and Ross King embarking on a pursuit of the sports centre's climbing wall, Carl Poppy trying out some weights and numerous players lining up to face a free kick at The Meadow have all been taken, as just some of the posed pictures for the calendar have been shot - with the best 12 to be finally unveiled later this year.

The Blues management team of Chapman, Gallagher and Craig Fleming - along with chairman Gary Keyzor - will all play leading roles in the final selected shots.

“We are hoping to have about 5,000 calendars produced and we want to try and raise as much money as possible, as donations big and small are sought,” Mr Willgoss said. “If any business would like to support us with sponsorship, or act as a vendor to sell the calendars, please telephone me on 01502 564337.”

Pleased to support this cause, chairman Gary Keyzor told The Journal: “We are happy to assist with such a worthy cause and some great fun has been had whilst doing the photographs. As managing director of Electro-tech I am only too pleased that I can assist financially and wish Mike Willgoss all the very best in his quest to complete the calendar with local sponsorship.”

With all funds going straight to prostate cancer, you can donate to the appeal by sending cheques to Lowestoft Town FC's prostate cancer appeal fund, via the club at their Crown Meadow headquarters.

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