‘Zombie Apocalypse’ comes to Brandon

'Zombies', designed by Face It Face-painting, take over the Ram Hotel in Brandon ANL-141015-093337001
'Zombies', designed by Face It Face-painting, take over the Ram Hotel in Brandon ANL-141015-093337001
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A hotel in Brandon was overrun by the walking dead on Saturday night, after two of the town’s entrepreneurs teamed up for a ghoulish nighttime event.

Claire Harris, owner of Face It Face Painting, advertised for a photographer to take some spooky shots to promote her specialist face painting and FX make up.

She came across Adam Brown of Brightstar Design and Photography and together they set about organising what became known as the Brandon Zombie Apocalypse at the Ram Hotel.

Claire and her assistant Zoe Billows spent the day making up 12 members of the public with gory face paint and prosthetics for the nighttime event, where the freshly-painted ‘zombies’ were watched by spectators stalking the hotel’s grounds while being photographed.

Claire said: “We got some absolutely fantastic pictures, and several people turned up at the Ram to watch it.

“There were a few people who wondered what was going on, but most of them were absolutely astounded.

“I think it has opened up people’s eyes to the fact that we are not just for face painting, we can do this too, and I am very pleased with the results.”

Claire, whose business has only been running for a couple of years, said: “Often I just grab models to put face paint on, but this idea went a bit viral in Brandon. We had 25 people apply to have their faces painted for it.”

Following her first collaboration with Adam and her ‘zombie’ models, Claire has expressed an interest in staging a bigger event.

“Adam is an extremely talented photographer, he made the pictures fantastic. He is a very approachable guy and very nice to work with,” she said.

“The models were all amateurs, but they have all said they would like to do something next year, so we are thinking of something to do on a larger scale, maybe to raise money for charity.”