It’s Friday the 13th and British charity Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day (RND) is back. Since its establishment in 1988, RND has grown to be a biennial staple on the British cultural calendar. Across Greater Manchester, people are putting on their red noses to help raise money for the charity.

It’s a day when in March, for at least once every two years, people across the UK come together either at home, work or school, to create something funny for money. This year, Comic Relief is requesting that people make their faces funny for money.

Led by comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry, RND – one of Comic Relief’s high profile television appeals – finds comical ways that encourage generosity towards the disadvantaged across the UK and Africa.

This year’s telethon, Face the Funny, will be screened on BBC One with a star-studded evening that will be hosted by presenters including Lenny Henry, Russell Brand and John Bishop. Most of the sketches to be shown will feature some of British comedy’s most well-known faces.

One of the most anticipated sketches involves 007s, Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore, as past and present fuse in a one-off Comic Relief sketch. Commenting ahead of the programmed sketch, Sir Roger said “I think viewers will most enjoy seeing that old Bonds never die”.

TV presenter Dermot O’Leary is nearly completing his 24-hour danceathon to raise money from for RND. O’Leary has been dancing non-stop without sleep for almost a day – only pausing for toilet breaks – and completes the challenge tonight. “I’ve done a couple of marathons but nothing has prepared me for this”, the 41-year old said.

Meanwhile in Manchester’s Arndale markets, staff members were aiming to collectively row a whopping 50,000 meters on a rowing machine today. In schools in Winton and parts of Salford, children were painting, sketching and sticking art on their animated faces as they attended their lessons for RND.

Tweet us your snaps for Red Nose Day via @TheNubianTimes and we’ll re-tweet the best amongst them.


TNT News Yasin Chinembiri

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