You’ve heard of the Calendar Girls - Bo’ness has its very own Calendar Boy! Meet Peter Cockburn who has shed his clothes for a great cause which is close to his heart.
The former Colour Sergeant stripped to his sporran for a 2013 fundraising calendar in aid of the 1 SCOTS Wounded and Families charity.
Peter, aka ‘Mr February’, was unfazed at having to pose in the buff. He told s1boness: “It didn’t feel any different from taking off your clothes to go into the shower.”
The 66 year-old father of two and stepfather of two served in the Royal Scots for 22 years and is now secretary of the Royal Scots Association central branch.
Peter took part in the charity calendar alongside 11 other ex- Royal Scots. His inspiration behind the fundraiser was an amusing photograph his friend posted on Facebook in tribute to Prince Harry’s recent naked antics. That friend became ‘Mr June’ and the photograph was used as the calendar’s front cover.
The 12 veterans were photographed in front of various British landmarks, including Edinburgh Castle, Glencoe and even Dundee’s Desperate Dan statue! Peter can be seen standing to attention in front of Buckingham Palace.
But there weren’t naked men sprawled all over the country - the models were pictured within the safety of their own homes and their images later photoshopped in front of the famous spots.
Peter was snapped by his wife Jenny, 62. He said: “My wife is behind me 100% because it’s for a good cause. None of us posed outside. We were all in our homes and then it was superimposed onto the backgrounds.”
Peter has been overwhelmed at the support from the local community. One of his elderly neighbours in Graham Crescent heard about his quirky fundraiser and was clearly impressed.
Peter said: “She shouted me over and said ‘here’s £10, I want a calendar.’ She then told me to give the other £5 towards a forces charity, like Help for Heroes.”
The calendars cost £5 each (£2 for postage, £4 postage for more than two copies).You can order your calendar by emailing Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also donate to 1 SCOTS via their Just Giving page here.