Emsworth will turn red again in 2017 for Comic Relief

Thomas Russell, nine, and Ethan Stainsby, ten, Picture by Kate Shemilt
Thomas Russell, nine, and Ethan Stainsby, ten, Picture by Kate Shemilt
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THREE days of laughter and fun netted more than £15,000 for Comic Relief from generous supporters in Emsworth.

The town became the first ever official Red Nose Town two weeks ago when it hosted a comedy festival, a silent disco and many other laughs for the charity.

Now the people behind the weekend are already looking forward to an even bigger and better event for the next Comic Relief weekend in 2017.

Mark Ringwood, the founder of arts festival WemsFest, came up with the idea and was supported by Emsworth Business Association.

He said: ‘We will certainly be aiming to live up to our mantle in 2017 and it will build on the foundations we laid this year which started to engage with all sections of the population, and visitors.

‘Emsworth is a very special place and Red Nose weekend served to enforce this even more.’

There were comedy workshops in primary schools, a Red Nose fashion show at The Deck Café, and all the shops and businesses turned red.

There was even a specially-created Red Nose Day beer at The Bluebell Inn.

On Mothering Sunday Pennies Across the Millpond linked Emsworth and Slipper Sailing Clubs with coins and was so successful that the organisers managed to do it twice. A Red Nose Duck Race saw red noses bobbing down the River Ems.

But the highlight for many was the silent disco in The Square. Alistair Gibson, from the EBA, said: ‘There were some 250 people, most in fancy dress. It was quite simply the craziest, most bonkers event that has ever taken place in Emsworth.

‘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 as it wouldn’t have happened without you – it will live long in the memory of Emsworth.’