Emsworth gears up to be UK’s official Comic Relief Red Nose Town

To coincide with The Comic Relief weekend in Emsworth, Emsworth Fire Station will be holding a Comic Relief Fancy Dress Spin Bike Challenge. From left Firefighter Dave Dobrijevic, watch manager Perry Dodgson, firefighter Phil Lamb (on bike), crew manager Tom Davies, firefighter Ryan Grace.
To coincide with The Comic Relief weekend in Emsworth, Emsworth Fire Station will be holding a Comic Relief Fancy Dress Spin Bike Challenge. From left Firefighter Dave Dobrijevic, watch manager Perry Dodgson, firefighter Phil Lamb (on bike), crew manager Tom Davies, firefighter Ryan Grace.
  • Firefighters’ fancy dress spin cycle challenge Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Silent disco on Friday night in St Peter’s Square 6pm-late
  • Duck race on Sunday from the River Ems from midday
  • Hampshire Farmer’s Market Saturday
  • Specially commissioned beer at The BlueBell Inn

FUNNY fundraising will be the order of the day in Emsworth tomorrow (March 13) as it takes up its role as the UK’s first official Red Nose Town.

There is a lively programme of events across the town from tomorrow to Sunday with money raised going to Comic Relief.

Emsworth is set to be the UK's first official Red Nose Town for Comic Relief

Emsworth is set to be the UK's first official Red Nose Town for Comic Relief

Emsworth firefighters will hold a fancy dress spin bike challenge, cycling in fancy dress the distance from fire station to John O’Groats fire station, notching a total of 722 miles.

Firefighters from John O’Groats will be spinning the same distance from their station down to Emsworth and there will be a live link running between the two crews.

The crew will embark on their epic challenge on Saturday from 10am-4pm in and members of the public are welcome to join in.

One of the hottest tickets is the silent disco on Friday night. From 6pm-7pm youngsters can enjoy the fun in St Peter’s Square, and from 7pm adults can dress up as fishermen or superheroes and put on headphones to dance the night away.

This is another fantastic example of the Emsworth community – from schools to firefighters – coming together to enjoy themselves for a wonderful cause

There will also be live comedy acts in venues across the town. Ben Treagust will sell his specially-made bright red tomato basil hot dogs outside his family shop Treagust Butchers during the Hampshire Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

From midday Sunday a duck race starts on the River Ems in Commonside, Westbourne.

Ducks from shops, pubs and clubs will race across the river and onto the Millpond and the winner will receive a magnum of champagne or an equivalent prize for a child.

Meanwhile The BlueBell Inn will have a specially commissioned beer for the celebrations, with 50p from each pint sold going to Comic Relief.

Alistair Gibson from the business association said: “This is another fantastic example of the Emsworth community – from schools to firefighters – coming together to enjoy themselves for a wonderful cause.”

Emsworth fashion show for Comic Relief

For details go to www.emsworth.org.uk.

Meanwhile schools and businesses throughout the Observer area will also be carrying out their own fundraising efforts.

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