Big laughs in store in Emsworth with Red Nose town fun


SILENT discos, comedy classes for children, a funny supper with Elvis and cookery workshops will make sure Emsworth is firmly on the map in its role as first-ever Red Nose town.

March 13 to 15 will see the town painted red – with a big, round nose for Comic Relief.

Organisers have put together a programme of top comedy shows, Carry On films and street entertainment to coincide with the biannual fundraiser.

It is the first time there has been a Red Nose town and it came about because WemsFest founder Mark Ringwood simply asked if he could do it.

The move has seen him join forces with Emsworth Business Association and together they have come up with some ideas for the weekend.

Mr Ringwood said: ‘More and more events are being added all the time.

‘It’s going to be so much fun 
for the whole town, the whole area.

‘On Friday night we’re going to fill the square with 150 people dressed as fishermen and super heroes for the silent disco.

‘Emsworth has never seen anything like it before.

‘We pride ourselves on being original in this town.

‘And it will be inter-generational – there will be something for everyone.’

BBC Radio 4 star Elvis McGonagall will host a cabaret evening at The Brookfield Hotel and there will be comedy events in pubs, restaurants and cafes around the town.

Lawrence Murphy, owner of Fat Olives, is holding a cookery class on the Sunday and making a donation to Comic Relief.

Alistair Gibson, from the EBA, said: ‘Although Comic Relief is only on the Friday we thought we would make the most of it with a whole weekend.

‘It’s really exciting for Emsworth. We’re hoping to raise a lot of money for a lot of good causes.’

Go to for more information about the weekend.

The News 31st January