Getting in the spirit

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WIGANERS have been donning their red noses and raising cash for Comic Relief.

All sorts of weird and wonderful activities have been taking place across the borough.

Natasha Ruddy shaving the head of teacher Jon Dawson at John Rigby College and (below) youngsters at Vale Pre School

Natasha Ruddy shaving the head of teacher Jon Dawson at John Rigby College and (below) youngsters at Vale Pre School

Amongst these was the Great White Lion snail race!

Punters at the Wrightington pub were able to purchase snails to race with over 100 being sold.

Landlord Matt Furzeman said: “We raised over £300 for Comic Relief and it was a great night had by all.

“It’s something we do every year and we had a really good turn out. The eventual winner was called Franco.

“After the race, we released all the snails into the wild, so if anybody finds one with a white number on the back, they know where it has come from!”

There were scores of other events going on around town too.

At St John Rigby College, tutor Jon Dawson shaved off his hair and beard whilst a staff v students football match took place.

Youngsters at the Vale pre-school in Apply Bridge dressed up as little monsters while students at the Deanery High school took part in a special ‘Dancing NOT on Ice’ event.

Pupils at Hope school in Kelvin Grove also stuck to the dancing theme performing ‘Let’s Dance’ and Up Holland High School students released 99 red balloons

Pupils paid £5 for a balloon, donated by Hills Florists, which flew off into a westerly wind towards Ireland.

And at Anrich Vets on Caroline Street, head vet Richard Weston and son James dressed up as Scooby Doo and Shaggy to wash some dogs!