Red Nose Day fund-raiser will be just pants

Philip Angier, Vivien Hurchinson, Peter Hutchinson, Hillary Waugh, Henry Gormally and Elizabeth Angier with their distinctive bunting.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Philip Angier, Vivien Hurchinson, Peter Hutchinson, Hillary Waugh, Henry Gormally and Elizabeth Angier with their distinctive bunting.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fun-loving residents are set to flaunt their giant pants to passers-by, as part of an eye-catching, Comic Relief fund-raising gimmick next month.

More than 250 metres of red and white underwear-themed bunting will be hung along Percy Terrace and South Street, in Alnwick, to mark Red Nose Day, which is on Friday, March 13.

The pants will go on show from Sunday, March 8, and will be displayed for a week.

The giant pieces of underwear are being made by a hardy team of volunteers from the two streets and it is hoped that the stunt will raise at least £1,000.

The wacky idea is a nod to Alnwick’s public pants, which once provided a ready source of water to the town’s people.

Project director Philip Angier, who is going by the name of bossy pants, said: “Alnwick is famous for its pants and the town’s Bailiffgate Museum had an exhibition on them.

“So we thought, why don’t we fill our street with underwear and that would be our take on Alnwick’s pants. Percy Pants 2015 should be fun.”

It isn’t the first time that the residents have done something crazy for charity. Previous fund-raising efforts have included displaying Red Nose Day-themed doorknockers.