Mayor’s Charity Fashion Show brings the community together

In her December Spotlight on Felixstowe column, the Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Sharon Harkin, thanked the community for supporting the Mayor’s Charity Fashion Show. In her column she said: ‘In a world that is dark and dreary right now, this was just the boost we needed to lift our spirits’. We hope that those of you who joined us at the fashion show agree!

The event, which took place on Tuesday 8 November at River of Life in Felixstowe, raised more than £6,200 in support of the Mayor’s chosen charities: Compass, Felixstowe Opportunity Group and Felixstowe Community Hospital League of friends.

We are incredibly grateful to the numerous local businesses and shops that sponsored and supported us, including MCP for funding the venue, That’s Amore for their fantastic balloon displays and Tracy Barritt-Brown for loaning her wire artwork. We’d also like to thank our wonderful comperes, Laura Locke, Louie Green and Aaron Jay from Felixstowe Radio and Felixstowe Photographic Society for taking photos at the event.

From left: International soprano Christina Johnston, choreographer Brendon Dale with the Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Sharon Harkin, and Laura Locke from Felixstowe Radio. Credit: Felixstowe Photographic Society

We were treated to performances by local international soprano Christina Johnston, singing The Writing’s On the Wall, My Heart Will Go On and ending the evening with a finale of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. With each performance, Christina wore one of her couture dresses on a stage set with other favourite gowns.

Our 20 volunteer models practised with choreographer Brendon Dale on the Sundays leading up to the fashion show, and it was a catwalk of joy and fun during the practices and on the night.

A packed audience saw stunning outfits from Felixstowe retailers on the catwalk, and with 30 stalls at the event as well, everyone was able to start their Christmas shopping and treat themselves to something special. The event brought the community together and was enjoyed by all.

A packed audience saw stunning outfits from local retailers on the catwalk. Credit: Felixstowe Photographic Society

We’d like to thank the community for supporting the fashion show and we hope you will support our exciting events coming up in the New Year.

Jo Webster, fashion show organiser

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