Calendar girls up for grabs in auction

Saucy calendars commonly found in garage workshops or other male-dominated places of work are perhaps not the first thing you would expect to find in a church fund-raising event, but that is just one of the treasures waiting to be found in a silent auction for St Magnus Church.

The calendars, which originated from Ganson Brothers – the forerunner to Leask’s Motor Garage – are dated from the 1950s and 1960s, and are brimming with alluring images of devilish young women, each one striking a pose daring enough to make any fifties mechanic throw down his starting handle and go weak at the knees.

Other attractions ready to be snapped up include a half-size snooker table, a trip to Eshaness, and a meal for two delivered to your door.

However it is the provocative calenders which could be considered a real collector’s item.

The silent auction is being held to help carry out major repairs, estimated at over £500,000, to the church exterior.

The event is being held in the church hall on Saturday, 23rd May. However, the auction is already “live” and anyone interested can place a bid by logging on to the church website at For those who prefer going in person, however, the event will run from 10am to 4pm, with teas and home-bakes available all day.

So far almost £90,000 has been raised for the project. Several grants amounting to £381,730 have also been promised, but more funds are still required, and the silent auction will be one of several events to take place over the next few months.

St Magnus Church has been part of the history of Lerwick for almost 150 years but without the repairs, church leaders fear the building could soon become unusable and lost to the community.

The church has proved incredibly popular, with up to 300 people of 19 different nationalities visiting the building in the last year.

? St Magnus Church would like to thank everyone who sup­ported the recent anagram competition which raised £405.

The winners were Greta Shearer, Lerwick; Gemma Manson, Ler­wick; and Gundel Grolimund, Sandness.


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