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Original Calendar Girls visit the Ludlow Food Centre (28th November 2013)

Original Calendar Girls visit the Ludlow Food Centre

The original Calendar Girls stopped off for tea in the Ludlow Food Centre and told the story of how baring all for a calendar led to an award-winning film and £4 million raised for charity.

It is 15 years since the ladies of Rylstone WI caused a sensation with their alternative WI calendar, which saw them disrobe and pose behind strategically-placed items.

Since the first calendar in 2000 they have done many more – but this year’s will be the last time they take their clothes off they said, on a visit to Ludlow Food Centre yesterday.

Angela Baker, now 68, said: “It’s our last one. We decided it’s 15 years, we’re getting on and we wanted to end on a high.

“It’s a really lovely one because it has the pictures we did right at the beginning as well as pictures taken last year.”

But Lynda Logan, 70, was not so sure. She said: “Every time we say we’ll end on a high then they ask us to do another one and you can’t really say no.”

Their 2013 calendar in on sale at the Ludlow Food Centre where the women had been invited to take tea and talk about their story.

The idea for the original calendar was sparked when Angela lost her husband John to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1998, and her friends rallied around to help raise money.

Asked if they could have foreseen what would happen, Lynda said: “Never in a million years. I’m still awestruck that it happened.”

Edward Berry, from Ludlow Food Centre, said: “They have such an amazing story and when we had the opportunity to bring them to Shropshire we couldn’t resist.”