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Calendar Girls dare to bare again

The Calendar Girls pose nude in Christmas hats for December
The women's exploits have netted 2m for charity

Six of the original Calendar Girls have marked the 10th anniversary of their decision to strip by baring all for charity one last time.

Angela Baker, 60, shot to fame in 1999 when she posed naked for a calendar with friends from Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire.

Now six of the original 11 have posed again to carry on their fundraising efforts for Leukaemia Research.

It was the death of Mrs Baker's husband John which inspired the first calendar.

He died of non-Hodgkins lymphona in 1998, aged 54.

The original calendar featured all 11 women posing nude behind baked goods and flower arrangements with 800,000 copies being sold worldwide.

Their naked efforts took the world by storm in 2000 and inspired a hit movie, starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren.

The women's exploits have netted Leukaemia Research almost £2m and the six hope to raise more money for the cancer charity.


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Mrs Baker said: "It wasn't 11 women having a good time, taking their clothes off, we did it in memory of John and to raise money for Leukaemia Research - and that's what we have not got to forget."

The latest calendar features Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart, Ros Fawcett, Lynda Logan, Beryl Bamforth and Christine Clancy and will be launched in Leeds on 11 May.

A BBC Inside Out documentary shown on Wednesday at 2245 BST follows the development of the latest calendar.

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