Stripping for a good cause

Stripping for a good cause: the greatest fundraisers of BBC children in need including Joanna Lumley’s strip-tease 

It was BBC Children in need a couple of weeks ago – we’d like to remind you of a couple of moments of TV history in a trip down memory lane…

Only a few of us who have been tuned into the 1983 Children in Need charity appeal would ever forget the sublime moment when Joanna Lumley got stripped off on live television to raise money for the charity.

Benfleet nightclub has been granted a permission for longer opening hours

Galore, in Brunel Road, on Benfleet‘s Manor Trading Estate, has won its bid to extend the opening hours. The club applied to Castle Point for permission to extend its license for alcohol and adult entertainment.

Amongst its other entertainment activities, Galore also hosts live music, film screenings and dancing that would now take place between 11 am and 4.30 am.

Essex Police asked for conditions to be put on the license, including a strict challenge over 25 policy, a risk assessment to prevent crime and disorder, and an appropriate amount of door men staffing the entrance. 

David Dadds, the barrister representing the owners of the venue G & K Groundworks Ltd, said there is always a period of closure before any adult entertainment in the club begins, and anyone aged under 21 is asked to leave. 


He said: “The club would be cleared before this closing period, and people would then re-enter for the later entertainment. People would know what they are going in for. There is no danger of customers entering and not knowing what they have walked into.”

The Bing strip club in Dover Street, Canterbury plans to change its premises and apply for longer working hours

Strip club bosses have revealed they will appeal for an extra day and longer opening hours if they move to a new venue in the city.

 The father and son operators of the Bing in Dover Street are already weighing up their options after the owners of the building applied to turn it into flats.

If permission is granted, Ralph and Alistair Noel are likely to move to a new home in the city – and have another site “not a million miles away” in mind.

Ralph refused to be drawn on its location, instead choosing to highlight the club’s impressive track record since opening amid
controversy in 2013.

He says they have operated without complaint, a fact he hopes will carry sway with the city council if and when they apply for a licence for a new premises.

 He said: “We have caused no problems for local residents and I hope that will be in our favour and have some clout with the council.

“I cannot say where we are hoping to move to at this stage but it’s not far away and I believe will have even less impact on residents.”

The club opens on Fridays and Saturdays until 3am, but the Noels hope to extend its hours to cope with demand.

 As the host Terry Wogan looked on, his face contorted in a mixture of horror and school-boyish glee, the New Avengers star peeled off her dress and let it slip down onto the BBC studio floor to reveal some black lingerie. 

The audience roared, phone lines jammed and TV history was made when the event – in only its fourth outing as a live telethon – raised £1.1m for vulnerable young people in the UK. -

The Flying Scotsman will reopen as the Scottish Stores pub

We have been informed that The Flying Scotsman It will be re-opening as The Scottish Stores. 

 Food will be available from the Backpacker but it will be ale/craft beers rather than a foodie place, 8 hand pumps + loads of bottles. The refurbishment has obviously removed the stage but the hunting scenes pictures have survived. The new manager said he wasn’t concerned about football crowds turning up because once they saw the beer prices they would not stay. Sounds ominous but at least it survives as a pub even if it loses the strip.

For the same cause in 1998 celebrity cooks Ainsley Harriott, James Martin andAntony Worrall Thompson left viewers a little hot under the collar after they performed the Full Monty routine on stage. 

The gang stripped down to red thongs and became near-naked chefs with little more than their hats to protect their modesty. 

Worrall Thompson seemed a little ill at ease with the stunt and would later admit that he had some trouble coping with the “thrusting” part of the dance. 


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