Fashion show is hailed a success

ON THE CATWALK: Left to right, Pat Minto, Muriel Forcer, Mary Clementson, Louise Smetton, Kathy Thompson, Helen Morton and pianist Alan Illingworth
ON THE CATWALK: Left to right, Pat Minto, Muriel Forcer, Mary Clementson, Louise Smetton, Kathy Thompson, Helen Morton and pianist Alan Illingworth
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A FASHION show which raised hundreds of pounds for church funds has been voted a success by organisers.

Seaton Carew Methodist Church, in Seaton Carew. transformed its church hall into a catwalk as models showed off the latest fashions from a Hartlepool store.

Entertainment was also provided courtesy of church members and minister John Morton.

Amateur models wore the latest fashions from Evans which has a store in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

A panel of judges scored them on their dress sense and overall performance and were awarded prizes for their efforts.

And local businesses provided a host of raffle prizes.

The night raised £200 towards the general upkeep and running costs of the church, in Station Lane.

Gerald Kirkwood, church treasurer, said: “It went very well. We had a lot of people attend from outside the church which was good to see.

“We had a good night and the models all did extremely well and everyone seemed to appreciate it.

“We had a very good response from the public and are very pleased with how much we raised.”

Church minister John Morton performed a comedy slot while music and singing on the piano was provided by husband and wife Alan and Margaret Illingworth.

Kelly Thompson was judged to be the night’s top model.

All the models were presented with Marks & Spencer shopping vouchers and Gerald is to treat them all to a night out.

Hartlepool’s Hollywood Bowl and Vue Cinema provided vouchers for raffle prizes along with hair salons and restaurants in Seaton Carew.

Gerald added: “We had very good support from the local community. The managers from Evans did a marvellous job and we have to say a big thank you to them.”