Fun and fashions bring an early start to jubilee year

From the left, committee members Emma Piszkalo, Carolyn Hall, Antony Law, Rowena Goldthorpe and Shirley Fielder modelling some of the clothes
From the left, committee members Emma Piszkalo, Carolyn Hall, Antony Law, Rowena Goldthorpe and Shirley Fielder modelling some of the clothes

A JUBILEE theme got the sixth Upper Calder Charities Assist (UCCA) annual fashion show off to a colourful start at Todmorden Town Hall.

The hall was decorated from top to bottom with red, white and blue buntings, balloons and table clothes with huge union jack flags as the back drops on the catwalk, all to mark the Queen’s daimond jubilee.

Events co-ordinator Antony Law said: “It’s our aim to go the extra mile in 2012 and raise more money than ever before alongside Her Majesties celebrations and we certainly kicked off to a great start with the fashion show.

Secretary Emma Piszkalo thanked backstage and front of house helpers who helped run the show so effectively. The audience were welcomed to the show with a glass of champagne and the both nights the show was opened by dancers from Abi’s Dance School, then the models strutted their stuff up and down the catwalk modelling clothes from local fashion outlets Makepiece, hat therapy and Halo to larger groups such as Matalan and Beales. Even local undertaker Peter Kelly modelled underwear from Helen Granton’s of Hebden Bridge.

Shirley Fielder, chairperson for UCCA said the show really brings the local community together year on year and it was evident that everybody has such a fun time.

The show is UCCA’s largest annual event and raises a vast amount of money for the local community. UCCA treasurer Carolyn Hall said: “With the ticket sales added to the raffle sales, we made a net profit of over £3,000. Over the past five years UCCA has raised in excess of £26,000 which means that we are within easy reach of the 30k mark and we aim to smash this across the next few months!”

Kate Morton-Deakin, Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire was this years star guest, said UCCA was making a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and thanked committee, Rowena Goldthorpe, Antony, Emma, Shirley and Carolyn.

The show was photographed by Josh Wilkinson at Atlas Photography and photos can be purchased from him by calling 07883625200. Disks are priced at £5 each.

UCCA are continually distributing funds to local people and organisations and thinking of new ways and ideas to raise more money to inject into the upper Calder valley. If you have any new ideas, please email them to Watch out for UCCA’s upcoming events on - these will include a jubilee themed calendar featuring the committee members, a VIP night at the Agricultural Show, a 1950s ball and helping at the Todmorden Tea on June 4. All events will have jubilee theme this year and if you feel you can help with any event in whatever way, please call Shirley on 07852355111.