A month today the local pubs of Old Colwyn with be flooded with a variety of wacky outfits that marks the 8th year anniversary. But what can we expect this year?
The annual fancy dress started when self-employed joiner, Ian Jones, organised a works Christmas doo for those who didn’t have one due to working for themselves.
Ever since the event started it has grown and grown so much that it became an online sensation in 2014 when Jones became Del Boy for a day.
Ian Jones explained, “Due to the success I decided to do something good and raise money for a charity I hold very close to my heart.
My youngest boy was born premature and spent the first eleven weeks of his life in the SCBU in Glan Clwyd Hospital.”
Cuddles and Support the special care baby unit is a charity that Ian and his family will always appreciate.
Despite the unforeseen effort every year Ian Jones is set out for big things again this year and is expecting around 50 lads to attend and even more onlookers.
“I’m looking forward to all the lads getting together in our local pubs for a good laugh. It’s a good job all the landlords are great with us!” explained Ian.
Although his outfit is simple this year he says it’s very ‘effective’.
However, the only clue Mr Jones is giving away is that it’s a double act that EVERYBODY will know but that’s all we’re getting!
Another person that is keeping his outfit top secret is Gary Rowlands who starred as Michael Jackson last year.
Being self-employed himself Gary has been participating in the event for six years. His best effort was the year he created The Predator outfit himself. But will he beat it this year?
He said: “I’ve only had the idea planned the last couple of weeks because we flipped it to confuse the enemy!
I’ve hand-picked to create the perfect team. You’ve got to be good to roll with me!”
The self-employed joiner also highlighted, “I just want to add if you get the wooden spoon this year you’re not allowed to live within 10 miles of Old Colwyn for 12 months.
If your commitment isn’t up to scratch the Vic Club will spit you out like the filth you are.”
It seems like there is going to be some competition on everybody’s hands!
All jokes aside, Ian and Gary have faith that the fancy dress is an amazing event that provides self-employed tradesman a works doo. And whilst raising money for a charity it also brings the community together.
The event will start at The Victoria Club in Old Colwyn on the 16th December at 2pm.
Gareth Young, a photographer of Old Colwyn has been the photographer for the event for several years and will be capturing the adventures throughout the day to create a calendar.
You can pre-order calendars with Gareth himself or with organiser Ian Jones for £10. All donations go to the charity Cuddles.
More will follow on my website during the day’s events so keep your eyes peeled.