Wearing high heels and hot pants, Exmouth businessman Mark will strut his stuff for charity

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 July 2015

Mark Williamson's epic strut in Exeter, which he will recreate in Exmouth to raise money for Exmouth and Lympstone Hopsicare

Mark Williamson's epic strut in Exeter, which he will recreate in Exmouth to raise money for Exmouth and Lympstone Hopsicare


Bootylicious businessman Mark Williamson will strut his stuff through the town on Saturday in celebration of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare’s fun day.

Wearing hot pants and high heels, Mark, 47, who owns The Strand gift shop Scarlet, hopes to bring Exmouth to a standstill with his spoof version of Money SuperMarket’s big booty Dave dance.

Mark, who originally twerked and gyrated in size nine high heels through Exeter to raise funds for Hospiscare in memory of his dad, John Williamson, hopes the public will dig deep and donate to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare – where every penny raised in the EX8 area stays in the EX8 area.

The dad-of-three will perform the strut at 12.30pm, again at 1.30pm and also 2.30pm, along The Magnolia Centre, The Parade and The Strand on Saturday, July 11, as part of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare’s 11am-4pm Strand fun day.

Mark, who wore his high heels around the house for two months before public performance, said: “I am recreating Dave’s epic strut from the Money Supermarket advert, complete with heels and metallic hot pants, in aid of Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.

“When I first got the shoes, I thought ‘how difficult can it be?’. But when I did the strut the first time and wore the shoes, I got massive blisters, but it was worth it.

“I have got a lot of practising to do. I want to do it better this time.

“The first time I did it, I was terrified to the point of feeling really ill beforehand.

“I am a bit nervous about doing it this time, but I know I have got an awful lot of support from Exmouth.

“I have had messages from people saying they are going to come from North Devon to see it.”

Keen morris dancer Mark brought his version of the Dave strut to Exeter after being dared by friends. His original performance raised £1,700 for charity, which he hopes to beat.

● Donate to Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare via Mark’s Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/mark-williamson11

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