Hospice fund-raiser was a Load of Pants!

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Pants in a variety of colours, shapes and styles were on display at Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.

The eye-catching undergarments were worn on top of clothing or superhero costumes for the second Load of Pants! men-only five mile fund-raising walk in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Organisers hope the event will have raised more than £5,000 for the charity, which supports patients facing life-shortening illnesses and their families in West Suffolk and Thetford.

Jenny Baskett, hospice events and challenges fund-raiser, said: “It was great fun, with lots of laughing along the way and a good number of inter-galactic jokes. We also had some fantastic costumes.”

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and He-Man were among the colourful line-up.

The 24 men who took part in the walk faced 10 tests of their super powers along the way, supported by cheering wives, girlfriends, family members and friends.

“Activities along the route included star jumps and press-ups, and everyone had to pretend to fly like Superman to the finish line,” said Jenny.

She added: “The weather was perfect, but I have to say the pints and pasties at the end were very welcome – and what was nice was that everyone sat down, chatted and made a bit of a picnic of it.

“Thank you to everyone who took part or helped on the day. The support was much appreciated.”