The excitement is building to the premiere of The Girls, the brand new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, based on that world famous calendar from the ladies of Rylstone WI. It all has the blessing of Angela Baker, whose late husband inspired the ladies in the first place. Daniel Harris caught up with Angela at her home in the Yorkshire Dales.
A new Calendar has been released to help raise money to be used to fight breast cancer.
Each of the models had pre-emptive surgery to avoid the disease.
We'll be speaking to them tonight on Calendar at 6pm.
Original Calendar Girls Tricia Stewart and Angela Barker talk to Calendar about the production of 'Calendar Girls' in Grassington.
Original Calendar Girls Tricia Stewart and Angela Barker will be among the audience at the amateur performance of 'Calendar Girls' at Grassington.
The original Calendar Girls, from North Yorkshire, are preparing for a fundraising finale at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Calendar Girls were inspired by the death of a dearly-loved husband and friend, John Baker, to make the first ever “Alternative WI Calendar”.
In the 13 years since then, the girls have raised nearly £3m for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and have been the inspiration for the award winning film starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren, as well as the most successful UK touring play ever.
It has been a global phenomenon, but now the award-winning stage production of Calendar Girls is back in Yorkshire for the last time. It is inspired by the true story of Angela Baker and her friends from the Women’s Institute in the North Yorkshire village of Cracoe.
They decided to put together a calendar to raise money for a sofa at the hospital where Angela’s husband, John, died suddenly from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. So far, they have raised over £2 million for Leukaemia Research and their story has been turned in to a Hollywood film.
Lynda Bellingham stars in the stage production, alongside Camilla Dallerup and Lisa Riley at Leeds Grand Theatre.