Thursday, 8 December 2011
Haworth Couldn't Wear Less
I imagine most people will have heard of the wonderful film 'Calendar Girls', based on the real life exploits of a group of women from a W.I. (Women's Institute) in the Yorkshire Dales, who had the idea to pose naked for a calendar to raise money for charity. It sparked global interest - and since then several other groups have followed their lead and done similar things. It seems that Haworth has joined the trend, with their 2012 calendars 'Haworth Couldn't Wear Less' (women only and men only versions!) Believe it or not, this is part of the fund-raising effort for the restoration of the parish church, which is in a poor state and urgently needs repair. Christmas present, anyone?
The photo above shows an advertisement for the calendar, behind the village stocks - with a picture of the men actually sitting in the stocks. Stocks, of course, were at one time a common sight in English villages. Local troublemakers were pinned into them and exposed to the scorn of passers-by who often threw mud or rotten vegetables at the offenders. No evidence that the calendar models got pelted with anything - but I'll bet there were some ripe comments made at the time.