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Surf lures ‘classy cabaret’ to town

There’s a new topic getting many Raglan residents hot under the collar.

Usually slow drivers and dogs are among the posts that attract the most heated comments on the Raglan Notice Board Facebook website, but news that a bunch of male strippers are coming to town has fired up much of the female population – but in a different way.

“I’ve never seen so many girls getting excited all at once like this, it’s a phenomenon,” posted Raglan resident Ian Ellis.

Orca Restaurant and Bar is hosting the Sydney Hotshots, Australia’s No 1 touring male revue, on Sunday, November 8.

Orca Restaurant and Bar owner Corrina Wells said she was approached by the tour planners to host the event and was initially worried that stripping might be the wrong image for the venue. “But they assured me that it was classy cabaret.”

She needn’t have worried. Judging by the response to the notification on Raglan Notice Board, the 100 tickets available for the strip show will probably have sold out already.

The Sydney Hotshots are in New Zealand with their My Love Tour which features dance tributes to Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike.

The night includes a variety of games and competitions, and some up close and personal attention on stage with the men.

But for those who miss out on tickets, they may still get to clap their eyes on the group of “tall, tanned and ripped guys” around town.

Sydney Hotshots publicist Cassandra Geselle said Raglan was chosen specifically as part of the tour schedule because it was a great surfing destination and a beautiful part of New Zealand.

“The men have five weeks on the road with back-to-back shows so we try to make sure that they get to see as much of the country as possible and that they have some time to experience life outside of the metropolitan areas.

“They are already talking about surfing, so no doubt you will see them down in the waves when they come to town! Given that they will have a couple days off, they are super-excited to spend some time in the surf, and to hopefully soak up more of the countryside. The guys are also super-friendly and easy going, and would be happy to take photos and have a chat to anyone who approaches them. So if you spy a group of tall, tanned, ripped guys out and about in the surf … make sure you say hello!”

Tickets to the show cost $30 and went on sale yesterday, available from Orca.

The two-hour show begins at 8pm, with cocktail specials from 7pm. A set menu is available from 5.30pm. Please phone 825 65 43 if you wish to dine before the show. Orca will be closed to regular diners from 7pm on the night of the event.

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