This devoted husband gave his wife the surprise of her life for her 60th birthday – as he and his pals dared to bare and go for the Full Monty.
Bob Stokoe came up with a novel way of spicing up his wife Liz’s special milestone.
Clubbing together with his mates, they decided to reveal all at Liz’s party at South Hetton’s Robin Todd Centre with a dance that had watching family and friends howling in appreciation.
Taking inspiration from the Sheffield-set 90s hit film about a bunch of out-of-work men who turn to stripping to make ends meet, the lads got together and underwent intense rehearsals for weeks before getting their kit off in front of dozens at the bash, accompanied by Tom Jones hit You Can Leave Your Hat On.
The picture, which starred Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson and Mark Addy, shot to the top of the UK Box Office.
Bob, of Easington Lane, explained the thinking behind the striptease, which the men’s wives were banned from seeing before the big night.
“I just decided to do something as a surprise for the party and that’s when I settled on the routine,” said the 63-year-old, who works a bus driver for Arriva.
“We managed to use my kitchen to practise for three weeks, two hours every Sunday, from the end of July and it worked really well.”
Sunderland supporter Bob, who has been married to Liz for the past 16 years, enlisted the help of friends Tommy Cairns, Trevor James, Ian Reed and Graham Knox for the stunt, footage of which has since been uploaded to YouTube.
We managed to use my kitchen to practise for three weeks, two hours every Sunday, from the end of July and it worked really well.
With children in the audience, the men decided not to go “all the way”.
“Because there were kids there we put letters on the back of our boxer shorts so that it spelled out “Happy Birthday”.
“I’ve got to say thanks to the lads because they were well up for doing it and the whole thing went off brilliantly.”
Liz, who has three daughters, two stepchildren, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, declared the surprise “absolutely fantastic”.
“I used to be a fan of the film but maybe I’m not now!
“Loads of my family had come up from Derbyshire for the party and everyone was laughing and cheering. It made the whole thing a great night.”