Rugby town centre invaded by zombies

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ZOMBIES invaded the town centre on Sunday as part of an event to raise money for a Leukaemia charity.

This year’s annual Zombiethon, a sponsored fancy dress walk which takes place close to Halloween, saw 85 walkers in gruesome costumes lurch through town to raise £540 for Ben’s Fund.

The charity, part of the Walsgrave Leukaemia Fund, was set up in memory of Rugby teenager Ben Jones, an aspiring artist who died of Leukaemia 20 years ago at the age of 16. The charity was set up by Ben’s parents to send children with Leukaemia on breaks to places like Disneyland Paris.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Tony Gillias, who officially started the event, said: “It is quite an odd event, but it does bring together people who want to spend a bit of time raising some money for a good charity, and I think it’s fantastic.”

Christian Parker, 34, a former friend of Ben, said: “Ben would have definitely taken part in this, loudly and with a big smile on his face. Walking through town dressed as a zombie is my proudest moment!”

Fundraisers embraced this year’s Olympic theme by dressing as undead runners, cyclists, archers and jockeys. The day ended with a medal ceremony for the best and most inventive costumes.

Event co-organiser Clare Plumbley said: “It’s been one of our best years ever, it’s absolutely fantastic. I’m really proud to say that we’ve raised so much.

“This year, more people seemed to get involved as we were walking along, so hopefully next year it’s going to be even bigger and better.”

Picture by Erin Considine.