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📅 Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club to Release Cheeky Calendar for Prostate Cancer UK

Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football club get their kit off at Blundell Park for 2020 calendar

6 December 2019

Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football club are set to release their cheeky calendar to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

The over-55s football club wanted to help make a difference and raise money for a charity that resonates with its members.

They got their kit off for photoshoots at famous places in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, including Blundell Park, Freeman Street Market, and a photography studio.

The group asked Grimsby Town to use the Cheapside training ground as a location for the shoot, but the Mariners gave them access to the Blundell Park pitch for the calendar photos.

Grimsby Ancient Mariners secretary Peter Cribb said: “We originally approached Grimsby Town to see if we could use their training pitch, but John Fenty and Ian Fleming said ‘Why not use Blundell Park?’

“For our age group, it’s the main cancer you can get. One member used to have it and another just had surgery for it. It’s the most common cancer for men in England.”

The group have also included a cardboard cut-out of fully-clothed club member Ian McKinnon, who sadly passed away in August.

They wanted to pay tribute to their friend as he was one of the first members to sign up when planning the calendar.

Mr McKinnon’s family have also given the group permission to use a photograph of him, which will be Photoshopped onto the body of a current Town player, to pay tribute to him.

Player and calendar model Bill Callender said: “I’ve always been into the fun of things, It’s been really good fun to make it. I also love the club and think it is an amazing group to be a part of.

“I had cancer of the oesophagus, but I’ve been clear for over a year now and wanted to get involved.”

Mr Cribb said: “If any businesses would like to sponsor a month, they can get in touch with us via our Facebook page. All the money is going to prostate cancer and we will be self-funding the first print of it. But the more people backing us and helping us raise money, the better.”

The calendar will be available to buy on Friday, December 13, with all proceeds going to charity.

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