Having a High Time for charity calendar

The Boroughbridge Hightimers stage Calendar Girls. 9S)
The Boroughbridge Hightimers stage Calendar Girls. 9S)
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Members of a Boroughbridge theatre group are stripping off for charity in their latest play – while also hoping to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Boroughbridge Hightimers – an amateur dramatics society which has been up and running in the town for more than 25 years – will stage their production of Calendar Girls this week to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research – while also participating in a Guinness World Records competition to put on the most productions of the popular play in one year.

“We’re working towards the world record. It’s become like a national phenomenon and we get to swap props with other theatre groups,” said producer Eleanor Hewitt .

“But it’s also a personal play for us. My father had lymphoma around the same time as the husband of one of the original Women’s Institute members, which the play and film were based on.”

Mrs Hewitt, who has been a society member for 23 years, added: “It’s a fantastic play. It’s a story which really touches your heart-strings and flits between lots of dramatic emotions. I’d say bring some tissues if you’re coming to watch!”

And the women at Boroughbridge Hightimers aren’t just staging their alternative play this season, with the launch of Calendar Girls on Wednesday evening – they have also released a tasteful nude calendar to help raise funds for Yorkshire Cancer Research. But despite the comparatively risqué nature of the Boroughbridge Hightimers’ latest endeavour, Mrs Hewitt said she isn’t phased by the prospect of stripping off in front of a live audience.

“We have all been on stage before and we get nervous the night before any production. I do sometimes think we must be made to do it though!” she said.

l Calendar Girls runs until Saturday, April 20. For last-minute bookings or to buy a One and Only Ever Hightimers Alternative Calendar 2014 email thehightimers@yahoo.co.uk.