Romper suits to fight Afghan winter
Published 21/12/2011 | 15:12
A group of soldiers in Afghanistan have been fighting the Christmas cold with adult-sized romper suits favoured by reality stars.
Members of the 20th Armoured Brigade have been donning the colourful all-in-ones - complete with hoods - once their duties have been done for the day and their camouflage desert uniforms have been removed.
It followed a request to manufacturer the All-in-One Company from Ashington, Northumberland, from Corporal Steve Lamb.
He emailed the firm requesting suits for his 10-strong section, saying: "Can I be cheeky and ask for a donation of a couple onesies as they would be very useful with the cold nights over Christmas here in Afghan?"
Company founder Kate Dawson sent a batch of suits off and the grateful soldiers posed for pictures wearing fluffy sheep, comfy tartan, jolly diggers and silly spotty designs.
Cpl Lamb, 32, from Darlington, County Durham, will be in Afghanistan for Christmas and missing wife Sarah and children Joseph, nine, and Skyla, aged two.
Ms Dawson said: "Of course we are delighted to do anything we can to brighten up their lives. Not only are Steve and his colleagues doing a fantastic job, but they are also going to be away for Christmas. We are more than happy to provide a bit of colour, fun and warmth."
The firm has already provided suits worn by Celebrity Big Brother stars Vinnie Jones and Stephanie Beacham, members of boyband One Direction and DJ Zoe Ball, her husband Norman Cook and their children.
The All-in-One Company was set up in 2008 and employs 18 people, with customers in 161 countries.
Ms Dawson, a mother of two, said: "It was great to see All-in-Ones being worn by famous people. But it's also really satisfying to know that we are able to help real heroes."