Couple’s mad-cap fancy dress walk plea

Wendy and John Marsey in fancy dress costume outside of the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID
Wendy and John Marsey in fancy dress costume outside of the Grand Hotel. Picture by FRANK REID

MINNIE Mouse, Ali G and various other characters will be taking to the streets during a wacky event in aid of a national charity.

Fun-loving Hartlepool husband-and-wife John and Wendy Marsey are organising a fancy dress sponsored walk around the centre of town in aid of Comic Relief.

The couple are urging people to join them in stepping out during the madcap three-mile walk.

It will start at The Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street and end at the venue with a disco.

The couple run Last Minute Discos, a mobile disco company, which will be putting on the ‘after-show’ for people who took part.

The walk will start at 3pm on Red Nose Day, March 18, and the route will include Avenue Road, York Road, Victoria Road, past Asda, the Middleton Road roundabout and back to the Grand Hotel.

It is expected that the walk will take three hours, ahead of the fancy dress disco at 7pm.

Depending on the amount of people, there will be a police escort for safety.

During the disco, there will also be lots of fun events, including a sponsored headshave, men’s leg wax, children’s fancy dress, adult fancy dress, bean-eating, a miss wet t-shirt competition at 10pm, plus a Comic Relief-style Mr and Mrs question-and-answer competition.

Wendy, 41, and John, 21, will be dressing up as Minnie Mouse and Ali G, thanks to town fancy dress firm Incognito.

Wendy, who lives with John in Cornwall Street and has been running the mobile disco service for two years, said: “Nothing like this ever goes on in Hartlepool.

“We want it back on the map again.

“Comic Relief is a really good charity and we know where the money is going.

“It promises to be a good night and we want as many people there as possible.”

People are asked to pay £3 to enter the walk and that also includes entry to the disco.

All proceeds go to Comic Relief and people can be sponsored if they wish.

Comic Relief, which has a catchphrase of “Do Something Funny For Money”, strives to fight poverty.

The couple appeared in the Mail in 2009, describing how their lives were saved when a hissing sound coming from underneath their floorboards they thought was their missing pet snake turned out to be a gas leak.

And in 2008, we reported how a fire broke out at John’s mum Jenny’s house in Meryl Gardens when he fried some bread and his cousin Darren saved the day by grabbing Jenny’s size 18-20 Marks & Spencer knickers from a pile of washing, dousing them in water, and throwing them over the frying pan.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the walk can call 07542 886601 or 07860 716891.

Incognito, in Stockton Road, is offering a 10 per cent discount to anyone who presents their £3 entry ticket.