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Cathedral choir strips for calendar
Picture from the Heavenly Hunks calendar
"It's all in very good taste"
Male members of a cathedral choir have stripped off for the second year running to produce a saucy calendar for charity.

The "Heavenly Hunks" of Portsmouth Cathedral Choir Association are back by popular demand, according to the group.

The calendar, which has the backing of the Bishop of Portsmouth, shows eleven young men from the choir revealing their hidden talents against the backdrop of the cathedral.

Last year's pin-ups raised 3,000 for the EC Roberts Centre in Portsmouth, which supports families living in temporary or unsuitable housing, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir.

I support anything that involves young people having fun as part of the church
The Bishop of Portsmouth
Every calendar sold provides a donation of 1 to each charity.

Orders have already been taken from as far afield as Hawaii, Thailand, Australia and the US.

David Price, 33, organist and master of choristers, stripped to the waist in front of the organ pipes.

He said: "We were staggered by the response to the 2003 calendar.

"People from all over the world were buying it.

"From fairly early on this year, we thought that we'd love to do another.

"It's all in very good taste - we have themed each month and every idea has some connection with what we do as singers in a cathedral choir.

"It is a refreshing story about the Church of England and a great example of some young guys doing something fun because of their membership of the church and of Portsmouth Cathedral Choir."

The Bishop of Portsmouth, The Right Reverend Kenneth Stevenson, said: "I support anything that involves young people having fun as part of the church and congratulate these lads who have bared more than their souls to raise money for these charities."



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