Say cheese for charity

Hartlepool Pansies members pictured with their new 2013 calendar.
Hartlepool Pansies members pictured with their new 2013 calendar.

MEMBERS of a breast cancer support group got in the frame to pose for their fourth annual charity calendar.

The Hartlepool-based Pansies struck various poses to depict the 12 months of the year for the Pansies 2013 calendar.

It features around a dozen members photographed at various town venues and landmarks.

The group’s founder member Isobel Wilson, 67, a mother-of-three and grandmother-of-10 from Seaton Carew, said: “This is our fourth calendar and we have had 1,500 printed.

“There are some really nice pictures and we had a lot of fun making it, but it was absolutely bucketing down with rain when we shot most of the pictures, even the one in Seaton in July.”

Isobel, who has seven great-grandchildren and founded the group in 1999, added: “We hope to sell every last one of them and raise much-needed funds for the group.”

January sees the women posing in the Chairman’s Parlour at Hartlepool Civic Centre, alongside council chairman, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

February uses the same setting but this time they are pictured near Hartlepool’s emblem and for March they don traditional mayors’ outfits.

In April, they are seen on a windswept Seaton Carew promenade and May has them having a reflective moment amongst the trees in the town’s Ward Jackson Park.

They are also in the park in June, this time among the colourful flowerbeds and July has them posing near the Andy Capp statue on the Headland.

They visit Hartlepool College of Further Education for August and pose with a classic MG car in a college corridor and for September they are pictured next to a grand piano near the college’s foyer.

The college also features in the calendar’s October picture, as the women pose in eveningwear on the building’s staircase.

For November, they are photographed at Hartlepool Marina on bikes provided by Hartlepool Motorbike Club and November has two pictures, one of the women near the stag monument at Navigation Point and one of them at the Heugh Gun Battery.

The cover also features the women amongst the blooms at member May Robertson’s allotment.

The calendar, which was shot in the summer months by Isobel’s granddaughter, professional photographer Claire Carter, costs £3 and is available by calling Isobel on (01429) 423213, Ann Dixon on (01429) 234977 or Mary McCune on (01642) 552447.

l THE Pansies are holding a carol service from 6.30pm on December 22 at St Joseph’s Church, in Hutton Avenue, which will involve nativity scenes and carols performed by St Joseph’s Primary School pupils. Admission is free and there will be mulled wine and mince pies served in the church hall.