Sunderland’s Calendar Girls get a new look

Calendar girl winners Sam Davison (left) and Hayley Gough after their prizewinning session at Reds

Calendar girl winners Sam Davison (left) and Hayley Gough after their prizewinning session at Reds

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SUNDERLAND’S own Calendar Girls have been transformed with a pampering treat.

Sisters Samantha Davison, 27, and Hayley Gough, 28, both from Hendon were given a makeover at Reds salon, in East Herrington, after winning the Echo’s competition.

Calendar girl winners Sam Davison (left) and Hayley Gough after their prizewinning session at Reds

Calendar girl winners Sam Davison (left) and Hayley Gough after their prizewinning session at Reds

They stripped off to pose for a photograph, just like the stars of the famous film and spin-off stage show, to win our prize, which also included tickets to see Calendar Girls and meets its stars at the Sunderland Empire.

The sisters were joined by other family members for the photo in honour of grandmother Doreen Lancaster who died of lung cancer.

Samantha, who is mum to Rihanna, three, said: “We had an excellent day on the makeover, the girls were lovely.

“My sister had her hair cut and dyed and I had extensions put in which I was able to keep.

CALANDER GIRLS: top left, Hayley Gough, Joyce Freeman, Cheryl Smith, Rita Burke and Carole Armstrong and front Samantha Davison.

CALANDER GIRLS: top left, Hayley Gough, Joyce Freeman, Cheryl Smith, Rita Burke and Carole Armstrong and front Samantha Davison.

“We really enjoyed the show too. We went back stage to meet the cast who were really down to earth.”

Calendar Girls, starring Lynda Bellingham, is inspired by the true story of a group of women, all members of an ordinary Women’s Institute, who persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar.

When the ladies stripped off in 1998, they had no idea they would spark a global phenomenon.

As well as books, a film and stage show based on their idea, they have managed to raise £3million for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.