In the mood for a special hug...

Linda Nolan and Debbie Marr with one of the charity pamper bags watched by (back from left) Alison Shedwick, Betty Horrocks and Lancashire County Council chairman John Shedwick.
Linda Nolan and Debbie Marr with one of the charity pamper bags watched by (back from left) Alison Shedwick, Betty Horrocks and Lancashire County Council chairman John Shedwick.
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I’M in the mood - for baring all. An amateur dramatics company was thrilled when entertainer.

Linda Nolan turned up to show her support for six brave women baring all for their production of hit show Calendar Girls.

Windmill Players prepare for their october play Calendar Girls

Windmill Players prepare for their october play Calendar Girls

Ms Nolan was at the opening night of The Windmill Player’s production on Monday evening to accept a donation to breast cancer charity Hug in a Bag, of which she is honorary patron.

She said: “I was thrilled to be asked to be involved.

“I’m a cancer sufferer myself and when my breast cancer nurse first told me about Hug in a Bag I was so pleased. You feel so low and then you get this lovely gift for nothing.

“I think they’re really brave to take on the production, it’s a big show and it’s got an important theme too.”

Hug in a Bag puts together bags filled with treats and information for women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Ms Nolan said she was delighted to accept the donation on behalf of a charity which had helped her when diagnosed in 2006.

The Windmill Players brought in £250 for the charity, which will pay for six bags to be donated to the 300 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Blackpool each year.

The group is staging its 200th production at Thornton Little Theatre playing to sell-out audiences all week.

And there is not a dry eye in the house, as the girls tell the tale of six friends united in grief after one of their husbands dies from leukaemia.

Proceeds from a nightly raffle, merchandise sales and a bucket collection are being donated to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Trust by the company.

Chairman Betty Horrocks said: “Because the play is about raising money because of leukaemia we’re selling our own calendars to raise cash.”

Cast member Jacqueline Rhodes, who delighted as Ruth in the play, set up the Blackpool branch of Hug in a Bag with friend Debbie Marr last year.