Friends wear Dorothy costumes to go to Oz

FUNDRAISER Simon Nicholson posed as the lion, Simon Gilgallon took on the role of Dorothy, John Adams was the scarecrow and Alf Rodway as the tin man.
FUNDRAISER Simon Nicholson posed as the lion, Simon Gilgallon took on the role of Dorothy, John Adams was the scarecrow and Alf Rodway as the tin man.

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FUNDRAISERS dressed as Wizard of Oz characters, generated £1,000 for Cancer Research during their journey to watch Australia play rugby.

Simon Gilgallon took on the role of Dorothy, Simon Nicholson posed as the lion, John Adams was the scarecrow and Alf Rodway the tin man, when the group from Titchfield headed to watch the Barbarians take on Australia at Twickenham.

As well as receiving sponsorship, they also collected donations along the way and posed for pictures.

Simon, 46, of Belfry Walk, Titchfield, who had the idea, said: ‘It was a great day. We got such a good reaction from everyone.

‘Kids kept stopping us and asking for our pictures and we got a couple of wolf whistles too! We had no idea how it was going to go beforehand, we thought people might just ignore us, so it was really surprising to raise so much money, especially with Children in Need and Christmas being so near.

‘But we’re happy that we did raise so much because it will go a long way to helping those who need it.’

The friends, who used to play football together for Titchfield-based Sir Joseph Paxton in a Sunday pub league, were waved off on their car journey to London by the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Christopher Carter.

Before departing, they took part in a pub quiz at the Sir Joseph Paxton in their costumes to help drum up support and boost donations for the cause.