The next story involves the AW legend that is "Phil Cullum" apart from being a really great guy and a fantastic sport, Phil is one of the nicest people you could ever meet, Back in 2004 just after the release of the "Calendar Girls" film the following situation arose.....
The Autowrappers 2005 Calendar. ( by Andy Mattless )
PhilwouldworkinthePaintshopandthestorybeginswhenheusedtostripoffdowntohisunderpants, outsidethepaintshoptochangeintohiswhitedisposablesuittospraypaintin.Isaidtohim,"that'sabit brave" andhesaid"itdidn'tbotherhimstrippingoffinfrontofpeople"Ithenmentionedthatheshouldbeona calendarlikethefilm"CalenderGirls",IthensaidjokinglythatwedoonehereforcharityeveryXmasand someoftheladswhoworkedatAutowrapperstookpart,Phil’seyeslitupandheaskedifhecouldbeinit, "Noproblem"isaidtoPhil,ithenhadtoprimeupalltheladsintheworkshopthatPhilwasournewCalendar Star, Nigel Walker brought in his camera and the classic photos were taken one lunch time at Whiffler Rd.
Wetook aseriesofshotsindifferentposesandItoldhimthatwewouldtakeafewthenhecouldpickhis bestone, Hechosetheoneontheforklift, (myfavoritetoo)wetoldhimhewouldbeMrJanuary,Littledid he know we were putting him on every month.
Thefrontcoverwasproducedwithafewofourfacesonitsothathewasn'ttoosuspicious.Ionlymanagedto takesix photosasIhadtokeepturningawayfromhimbecauseiwaslaughingsomuch.TheCalenderwas printed up and the big unavailing was at the Auto Wrappers Xmas drink at the "Trafford pub" in Norwich.
Phil’s face was a picture, as you will see from the pics and video below.
Thanks Phil for being such a good sport and allowing us to show the calendar here
Click on the Calendar image below and a Flip book version of the Calendar will open in a new window,
Click on the photo of Phil and Andy below to view Pictures and Video from the 2004 Xmas night out