Big Pink Friday night out out was just what we needed after running Race For Life

Some of The Masons Arms Girls, Todmorden, who ran the Race For Life
Some of The Masons Arms Girls, Todmorden, who ran the Race For Life

Sixteen ladies - all regulars at the Mason’s Arms, Bacup Road, Todmorden - were joined by fellow pubgoers in raising a bumper £2,050 for Cancer Research UK through the Race For Life.

Anitra Elliott-Fowles, co-organiser with Sam Bennett, said that what had begun as an idea to honour her mum, Joyce Elliott, who died of breast cancer in 2009, and to raise money for an excellent cause turned out to be a fantastic weekend.

First, the 16 ladies took part in the Race For Life event at Burnley and a “Pink Friday” at the pub which followed between them raised the total, £560 coming from the latter.

The big night in the pub included a valiant attempt on the World Pickled Egg record - according to the Guinness Book of Records, the fastest time to eat three of them is 52.60 seconds.

Regulars got munching and although they didn’t break the record, there were some valiant attempts, notably from winner Steve Ridgley in one minute and six seconds and runner-up Kylie Anne Hall who timed one minute and ten seconds. Geraldine Phillips and Dave Harrison had spent their afternoon hanging bunting and blowing up 300 pink balloons to transform the pub for “Pink Friday” and the colour was order of the day for fancy dress too!

Anitra said: “Each of the ladies that participated in the Race For Life did it to honour someone dear to them and the support we all received was phenomenal.

“All the regulars at the Mason’s Arms joined in, putting their hands deep in their pockets, even those passers-by that stopped in for a quick drink were so engulfed by the community spirit they stayed much longer than intended, getting drawn into the various activities and fun!”