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Punters Raise their Hats to Fundraiser.
Sunday 27th April 2014 @ 10:00 by Anna Fletcher

The staff and locals at the March Hare in Ashton donned an assortment of hats with a distinctly Wild West theme in a bid to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

The annual event, inspired by former landlord of the pub Carl Piddington, proved to be a resounding success with £1,500 accumulated on the day.

Carl, who is often recognised as the son of late Coronation Street actor Bill Tarmey, understands the importance of raising awareness as he was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009.

The event, which has become a permanent fixture in the pub’s calendar, saw swathes of people join in the fun, each adorned in colourful attire.

Questioned about the day’s success, Carl’s wife Sandra hailed the turnout and those that took part.

She told the Reporter: “Along with the hat wearing was a range of entertainment, including local artists playing music, a raffle, tombola, bucking bronco and barbecue.”

As well as donating a pound or two to wear a hat for the day, supporters of the cause across the nation contributed in other ways, primarily buying and selling badges designed by the charity.

The growing popularity of the badges which change every year have become a real collector’s item, boosting funds for further research.