Fundraiser Colin in the pink at comedy show invite

LAUGH ALONG ... charity champion Colin Plews, above, will be collecting cash at the Valentine's Laffalang. Below, from left, are Craig Richardson, Colin and Paul Dunn.
LAUGH ALONG ... charity champion Colin Plews, above, will be collecting cash at the Valentine's Laffalang. Below, from left, are Craig Richardson, Colin and Paul Dunn.

A CHARITY fundraiser famed for donning a pink dress will be making a guest appearance at a comedy sketch show.

Colin Plews will be waiting in the wings at the Valentine Laffalang, at the Westovian Theatre, in South Shields, next month.

Sketch show Valentine's Laffalang is raising money for breast cancer. From left Craig Richardson, fundraiser Colin Plews and Paul Dunn

Sketch show Valentine's Laffalang is raising money for breast cancer. From left Craig Richardson, fundraiser Colin Plews and Paul Dunn

The 45-year-old, of Talbot Road, West Harton, will be carrying out post-show collections in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign, which funds research into the disease.

Colin, a home care chef, who lives with his fiancée Cath Burgin and son Ollie, took up the cause after a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

Since then he has raised more than £3,000 for the organisation by wearing his dress to complete the Great North Run and produce a 2015 calendar posing at landmarks in the borough.

Colin will be embarking on a range of adventures this year, including running the gruelling London Marathon in his specially-made dress.

He said: “I attended the Christmas Laffalang in December and it was brilliant, and absolutely hilarious. When the director, Gareth Hunter, suggested I collect after the Valentine’s shows I jumped at the chance.

“You’ll definitely see me after the shows collecting in the foyer but I won’t be on the stage.

“What would a large bloke with a beard in a pink dress bring to a comedy show?”

The Valentine Laffalang will feature 13 original St Valentine-themed comedy sketches written by South Shields playwright Ed Waugh.

The events will be hosted by comedian and Hebburn star Steffen Peddie.

The show runs at the Westovian Theatre, in Pier Parade, on Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13, from 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Visitor Information Centre in Haven Point Sports Centre, and by calling 424 7788.

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