Tired of the same old fundraisers, the ladies associated with the Berwickshire Hunt have instead turned to a more risque way to contribute to its costs and upkeep.
They got together recently to pose for a WI-style calendar, ‘Foxy Fillies’, complete with dogs, horses and saddles covering their dignity.
Organiser Wendy Turnbull said: “It’s not a new idea but it’s new to this area and to the modelling girls too.
“I drew up a list of people who I thought would be up for doing something like this, but strangely the ones you thought would say yes gave very firm no’s and some of the girls I thought might say no said ‘Of course, why not!’
“In fact I’d say that of all of us, the cameraman Ian Renton - who was also the whipper-in for more than 20 years - was the shyest!
“I went first and tried a few shots on my own. I thought that if I did it, everyone else would be more relaxed.
“Once we all got our kit off we all relaxed more and had a good giggle. I’d sketched out a few poses beforehand that I thought might work well and I had the props and animals all organised for a quick shoot.”
The calendar will be launched with a cheese and wine evening on Saturday October 10, at Ayton Castle, from 6.30-9pm, put on by kind permission of Richard Syred and Brian Parsons. Tickets are £6, available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wendy went on: “We are very fortunate and privileged to be kindly allowed the use of the magnificent Ayton Castle, and we’ve been very lucky with lots of local businesses sponsoring us as well. We’re hoping to run a bus to the launch from Duns Square - people can call me on 07738215067 if they’d like to come along that way.”
All the models have been involved in and around horses and hunting for most of their lives, and Amy Brown added: “The calendar was great fun to do with a great bunch of friends for a cause that is dear to our hearts.”
The calendar, priced at £10, will be available from many local outlets, in particular Harbro, Duns, and from Berwickshire hunt’s Lynne Anderson (email@example.com).