Emsworth, the UK’s first ‘Red Nose Town’, raised more than £15,000 for Comic Relief thanks to its three days of fun family events.
The Emsworth Business Association came up with three days of activities and events to appeal to as many people as possible, from comedy workshops in local primary schools to a red nose fashion show at The Deck Café.
Emsworth Fire Station set off on a static cycle to John O’Groats while the fire crew at John O’Groats retuned the favour and static cycled to Emsworth.
Members of staff at the Emsworth Southern Co-operative branch also did a static row to the BBC Centre in London.
Many local businesses renamed themselves for the weekend: the Fat Olives restaurant became ‘Red Olives’ and The Greenhouse turned into ‘The Redhouse Café’, The Blue Bell became ‘The Blue Nose Inn’, and H. H Treagust & Sons butchers became ‘Sausage Relief’.
Around 250 residents, many in fancy dress, took part in a silent disco took in the main square on Red Nose day.
A ‘red nose duck race’ saw Red Noses bobbing down the River Emsworth.
There was much laughter as three comedy clubs.
Emsworth spent three days enjoying itself and in the process raised in excess of £15,000 from small donations to some truly heroic fund raising, it all counted.
Alistair Gibson, from the organising committee, said: “It was a truly amazing weekend with the most wonderful community spirit, so many people got involved and not only helped raise a huge amount of money but had the most fabulous time as they did it.
“Our thanks to all those who sponsored and supported the weekend it wouldn’t have happened without you – it will live long in the memory of Emsworth.”