Escape from reality for calendar crew

A CALENDAR created by a Suffolk firm has left customers wondering is this the real life, or is this just fantasy. Staff from Ipswich-based mobile phone distributor Anglia Telecom have pulled out all the stops to illustrate their 2007 publication with a series of iconic music industry images as they stand in for the stars.

A CALENDAR created by a Suffolk firm has left customers wondering is this the real life, or is this just fantasy.

Staff from Ipswich-based mobile phone distributor Anglia Telecom have pulled out all the stops to illustrate their 2007 publication with a series of iconic music industry images as they stand in for the stars.

The firm's 'showbiz' foray follows the success of its 2006 sports themed calendar, where each month was illustrated by a well-known sporting event featuring members of staff as sporting heroes.

The 2007 calendar follows the same format, but this time with a musical theme.


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“We've taken it further this year,” said Anglia Telecom's marketing manager Jim Herrington.

“Logistically it's a difficult thing to put together, but we feel it's worth it. We're featuring everyone from a string quartet to Kiss, the Sex Pistols, the Spice Girls and even a gospel choir, all made up from the staff at Anglia Telecom.

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“Music is such a big part in everyone's lives and a big thing in the mobile industry. I'm sure that everyone who has one of the calendars will smile in some way and identify with some of the heroes we're portraying.”

The firm worked with award-winning photographer Bruce Head on the project, while Mr Herrington, put the ideas together and was involved in the art directing.

Other artists portrayed include Queen, Elvis Presley, Eminem, Abba, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, The Three Tenors, Blondie and Adam Ant.

“We're simply doing this to touch base with everyone we work with and making it as much fun for everybody as we can,” said Mr Herrington.

Already, the feedback from the dealers - their customers - had been “just fantastic”, he said.

“People are saying it's even stronger than last year. Obviously, it's a great way to introduce staff and people are just talking about it,” he said.

“We wanted to be as diverse as possible, and put some classical in and some hip-hop in and people really got into it.”

The photo-shoot, which also involved professional makeup artists, took place over two days.

Mr Herrington said although they did not want to continue with the “heroes” theme for too long, he had “one or two” ideas up his sleeve for next year using similar ideas.

One road they definitely won't be going down, though, is a “calendar girls” theme, most famously exemplified by the Rylstone and District Women's Institute.

“I won't entertain that -even for art's sake,” he said.

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