Nothing pants about Red Nose Day fund-raiser

Some of the residents involved in the Percy Pants 2015. Back row, from left: Peter Lindley, Steph Lindley, Elizabeth Angier, Tim Shepherd, Mel Whewell and Pam Gormally. Front row, from left: Percy Lion and Freya  Wakeleigh.

Some of the residents involved in the Percy Pants 2015. Back row, from left: Peter Lindley, Steph Lindley, Elizabeth Angier, Tim Shepherd, Mel Whewell and Pam Gormally. Front row, from left: Percy Lion and Freya Wakeleigh.

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The fun-loving organisers of a quirky fund-raising idea were invited to a special Comic Relief reception at 10 Downing Street, after their wacky stunt involving giant pieces of underwear caught the imagination.

Philip and Elizabeth Angier, who are the project leaders of the eye-catching Percy Pants initiative in Alnwick, attended Tuesday’s do in London, hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha.

Elizabeth and Philip Angier at 10 Downing Street for the Comic Relief reception.

Elizabeth and Philip Angier at 10 Downing Street for the Comic Relief reception.

The novelty Red Nose Day money-maker has seen residents on Percy Terrace and South Street hang 250 metres of red and white underwear-themed bunting in their streets. They have also created a pants-themed joke book.

The Angiers joined volunteer fund-raisers, project coordinators, corporate sponsors and local schoolchildren at the reception, which also featured celebrities David Walliams and David Tennant.

Philip said: “Visiting No 10 was quite an experience. But even more inspiring was to hear the stories of other fund-raisers from around the country doing amazing things to support Comic Relief.

“It shows that doing something funny for money makes the world a better place.

“Mrs Cameron received a copy of our joke book, signed by authors Veronica and Peter Ballan, and she said she’d laughed out loud at photos of the pants bunting. She congratulated us on our idea.”