Major Outrage Over Charity Collection
Sherborne, England (WIBX) - Donning a corset, military-themed accouterments and fishnet stockings, a British burlesque dancer is hitting the streets of Sherborne, England once again, all in the name of charity.
Josephine Freestone, the 47-year old mother of three and owner of Barmy Burlesque! was asked by the local chapter of the Royal British Legion to stop her fundraising "Poppy Appeal" after organizers said that her outfits were inappropriate and offensive to the austerity of the Legion.
The RBL's headquarters intervened, however, and apologized to Freestone. As reported in The Telegraph of London, an RBL spokesperson said, "The decision of organisers in Sherborne has no validity and Mrs. Freestone is absolutely welcome to collect for the welfare of our proud British Armed Forces wherever, whenever, and in whatever outfits she pleases. We apologise to Mrs. Freestone for any upset that may have been caused and look forward to seeing her collecting on the streets of Sherborne come November."
Freestone's group regularly dances in the name of charity, and has recently published a calendar to raise money for a local ambulance service. The ladies range in age from eighteen to fifty plus. Freestone says she is delighted about the news and is getting back to work to help the RBL.