Operatic society women strip off in Bury St Edmunds for charity calendar

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''August - Rachelle Curtis in the Abbey Gardens

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''August - Rachelle Curtis in the Abbey Gardens

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Bury St Edmunds shoppers saw more than they had bargained for earlier this month when the town’s latest calendar girls bared all around the town.

Members and friends from the Bury Operatic Society (BSEAODS), which will be performing Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal from August 20-24, stripped off to reveal all in well-known tourist hotspots around the town.

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''July - Joyce Amtower, Heather Couch and Judith Thomas enjoy tea on the Angel Hill''''

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''July - Joyce Amtower, Heather Couch and Judith Thomas enjoy tea on the Angel Hill''''

These included the Abbey Gardens, The Angel Hotel, the Theatre Royal, The Nutshell, Really Rather Good tea-rooms and Bury market.

Win Unwin’s wool stall, Terry Unwin’s plant and flower stall and Jimmy’s fruit and veg stall all took part.

Society chairman Debbie Croll said: “The photo-shoot was tremendous fun. All our ladies bravely stripped off for charity and we found that, once they had all posed naked for the Tai Chi shot in the Abbey Gardens, any nerves were soon forgotten.”

The calendar, photographed by Suzy Abbott from Abbott Photography, is to be sold in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''February - In the stalls at the Theatre Royal

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''February - In the stalls at the Theatre Royal

Priced at £7.50, it will go on sale at Waitrose, in Bury, from August.

Calendar orders can be made through www.burystedmundsoperatic.co.uk

For Calendar Girls tickets, go to www.theatreroyal.org

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''May - Sally Donaghey and Deborah Croll in Win Unwin's wool stall on Bury market

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''May - Sally Donaghey and Deborah Croll in Win Unwin's wool stall on Bury market

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''The calendar cover with the ladies doing aTai Chi among the Abbey ruins

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''The calendar cover with the ladies doing aTai Chi among the Abbey ruins

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''March - Julie Baxter - partner at Elvin Estates on the Bury market stalls

Dawn chorus: Early morning photo call with ladies from the Bury St Edmunds Operatic and Dramatic Society who are staging Calendar Girls at the Theatre Royal and producing their own calendar to commemorate the occasion.''''March - Julie Baxter - partner at Elvin Estates on the Bury market stalls