Emsworth goes funny for money
In 2015, Emsworth became the world’s first ever Red Nose Town and in the process raised more than £15,000 for the charity Comic Relief.
This March, Emsworth is once again going ‘Funny for Money’ with a whole weekend of activities aimed at bringing a smile to everyone’s faces, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March.
Last time, giant red noses greeted visitors at the main entrance points to the town and shopkeepers, shop windows, and other businesses entered into the fundraising spirit.
Shoppers were held up by masked highwaymen wielding bananas instead of pistols, the Fire Brigade pedalled to John O’Groats on a static bicycle whilst their Scottish counterparts also got on their bikes and cycled south.
On Friday 24th March, St. Peter’s Square will host a Silent Disco, with an expected 500 people of all ages bopping on the dancefloor, plus two comedy nights, compered by Portsmouth’s Joe Wells and Havant’s Jeff Lane take place at The Hewitt’s @ Emsworth.
The world’s longest Red Nose Duck Race, with an anticipated 700 red noses, will see spectators line the banks of the River Ems, and ‘2p or not 2p’ will be the opportunity to create a trail of 2p pieces along the Harbour Wall between the Emsworth Sailing Club and the Slipper Sailing Club.
A special Red Nose bus is expected to run along Stagecoach's Coastliner 700 route, and brewer Malcolm Irving will once again produce a special ‘Red Nose’ beer to be sold through the Blue Bell inn – whose loyalty to Portsmouth prevents a change of colour!
In addition to these events there will undoubtedly be many more as everyone gets into the spirit of this biannual event.
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