Coastal Patrol pin-up ?boys? stripped bare
By MEL MARTIN
THEY haven't been fielding calls from Playgirl magazine as yet, but Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol volunteers now have plenty of experience taking their gear off.
The Coffs Coast's newest nude models bared all in a 2007 calendar to raise funds for a new rescue boat for the Coastal Patrol.
And there was no studio setting for these late-starting pin-ups ? they stripped off in full view of a startled public.
"Our shoot was at the marina and we got a lot of wolf whistles from people going into the Fisherman's Co-op," Graham Taylor, aka Mr March, said.
"A lady even pulled out her camera and took a photo. She took it from another angle, so she got a little more than what's on the calendar, though not much more, it was a cold day!
"Amazing that I had to wait until I passed 60 before I became famous!"
John Long, or 'the one with the biggest bum' on the June page, said he didn't hesitate for a second to take part.
"It's not just for the good of Coastal Patrol, it's for the good of the community, it's about saving lives at sea," he said.
In fact, when divisional commander Linda Jones came up with the idea for the calendar she doubted she would get a volunteer for each month ? she got 27.
And because photographer David Kekwick, from Coffs Harbour Picture Centre, donated his time for the photo shoots, and all the advertising for the printing, every cent spent on purchasing the calendar will go towards the $150,000 rescue boat.
The calendars are available from Harbourside Chandlery, Fishing Tackle Australia and Jetty Garage, as well as Coastal Patrol members, for $10. For more information call the base on 6652 3155.