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Pudsey bear is in Newbury today (Friday) as West Berkshire goes barmy for Children in Need

EVERYONE's favourite big yellow bear will be hiding in all sorts of unlikely places today (Friday) as West Berkshire prepares to do its bit for Children in Need.

Whilst Pudsey bear visits Newbury today, West Berkshire will be filled with all sorts of strange goings-on, with men in dresses, hair being shaved off, grown women dressing as babies and all sorts of disturbing behaviour that would attract some funny looks at most other times of year, except for this annual fundraising event.

There will again be people holding yellow buckets collecting donations for the children's charity on Bridge Street, Newbury, and many others are going to great lengths to raise funds.

Veterinary surgeon Chris Tufnell, from Coach House Vets in Ball Hill, has already set the bar quite high by wearing a kilt for the whole week.

According to practice manager Helen Kington, Mr Tufnell's legs have been quite a hit with the ladies.

Manager of Natwest in Newbury, Andrew Pocock, who we thought had learnt his lesson last year after staff pelted him with all sorts of items after he placed himself in the stocks, is this year letting them get close to his head with a pair of scissors, hoping for a haircut to be proud of.

Mr Pocock will however take the precaution of covering his eyebrows.

Denison Barracks, Hermitage, is hosting a bring and buy sale and cake sale from 9am, with staff at the army base dressing up for charity.

Others will be raising money through cake sales, a pyjama day and events which defy description, so make sure you have change ready.

BBC Children in Need is the BBC's corporate charity and raises money for disadvantaged children and young people.

For full coverage of local Children in Need events, pick up a copy of Thursday's Newbury Weekly News.

If you have any pictures or stories about your Children in Need fundraising efforts, send them in to Eddie.VanDerWalt@newburynews.co.uk by 4pm on Monday, November 21.



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