Emsworth to change colour for Red Nose Day

Aerial view of Emsworth
Aerial view of Emsworth

A HUGELY-POPULAR restaurant is set to undergo a name change as part of a town changing its colour for charity.

Emsworth is set to paint the town red for Red Nose Day and Fat Olives restaurant is changing its name to Red Olives.

The Emsworth Business Association and WemsFest have teamed up to create a three-day festival in March, which they said would be full of comedy-based activity for the town.

Giles Babb, chairman of the EBA, said he drew the line at changing the name of his pub from the Blue Bell Inn to the Red Bell Inn.

The Portsmouth Football Club fan said it was too close an affinity with arch-rivals Southampton and instead he would be changing it to the The Blue Nose.

Everything kicks off on March 13, with fundraising events starting at 10am as shopkeepers and visitors are asked to wear fancy dress in the town all day.

There is also to be a silent disco at 6pm in the town’s main square, which will be closed to traffic. Dancers in costumers will perform while a silent comedy film is projected on to the old Lloyds Bank building.

Meanwhile, comedian Eric McGonagall is the special guest at a comedy supper at The Brookfield Hotel at 7.30pm and the first of three comedy club nights at The Crown Hotel starts at 9pm. Earlier in the day, a special charity fashion show gets under way at The Deck.

The following day sees the town in full swing with everything from a static cycle ride to John O’Groats, street entertainment and the Red Nose Hampshire Farmers’ Market,

On Mother’s Day, events include a Red Nose duck race and a sold-out fun cookery workshop. A brochure is available on 
www.emsworth.org.uk and www.wemsfest.com.