Exmouth in pink organiser hails event success

PUBLISHED: 14:15 27 October 2009 | UPDATED: 12:12 10 June 2010

ONE of the organisers of Exmouth in Pink hopes the Cancer Research UK fundraiser can become an annual fixture in the town after hailing its success. Brian O Brien, 52, of Capel Cottages, helped students from Exmouth Community College organise a week-long

ONE of the organisers of Exmouth in Pink hopes the Cancer Research UK fundraiser can become an annual fixture in the town after hailing its success.

Brian O'Brien, 52, of Capel Cottages, helped students from Exmouth Community College organise a week-long programme of pink-themed events to raise money for the charity.

They included the college's principal, Tony Alexander, dressing up as the pink panther and 340 youngsters stepping into a large set of pants last Friday, October 23.

A concert was held last Thursday as part of fundraising activities and businesses decorated their stores with pink balloons and posters.

Brian said he hoped more than £2000 would be raised as a result of the events.

He added: "I cannot even begin to describe how successful everything was.

"By looking at the pictures and digesting them afterwards, it was only then I realised how much of a community spirit there was. The atmosphere around the town was fantastic.

"The concert we had on Thursday was well attended and we managed to get 340 children into a large set of pink pants at the community college on Friday.

"I do not think that has ever been done before - it's got to be a record.

"Mr Alexander then came out in his pink panther outfit and the children, who were thrilled, couldn't stop screaming.

"It is something we would definitely consider doing next year. I would like to thank people for supporting it and taking part."

Hannah Western, of Hannahs Nail Studio, in Chapel Hill, said: "We were painting people's nails pink for a small donation to the charity on Friday and Saturday.

"It is a great cause.


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