Charity fashion show a fantastic success for Tenby Soroptimists

By Observer Reporter in Local People

Last Sunday afternoon, over 100 guests attended SI Tenby’s annual charity fashion show, held at the Giltar Hotel. The purpose of the event was to raise funds for Cancer Research Wales, which is one of SI president Eleanor Parker’s selected charities during her year of office.

The show was sponsored by three local fashion outlets; TP Hughes, Jago and Tenby Rocks.

The generous co-operation of the management and staff of these popular stores ensured that all enjoyed a delightful afternoon.

Firstly, however, everyone partook of the Giltar’s delicious afternoon tea. This included a selection of delectable cakes and scones, as well as a range of dainty sandwiches, accompanied of course by unlimited cups of good Welsh tea.

The guests then enjoyed a dazzling display of the latest in fashion and leisurewear. The glamorous models showcased a wide range of clothing, including beautiful summer frocks from TP Hughes and Jago, as well as leisurewear and outdoor apparel, followed by a unique range of high quality ladies clothing from Tenby Rocks. All items were available in styles to suit every age, taste and budget.

The models comprised SI members Wendy Bell, Judy Brew, Margaret Harries, Gwenda Jones, Dr. Anne Kelly and Pam Maggs, and they expertly strode amongst the guests, showcasing both their outfits and the matching accessories and jewellery, also provided by the three stores. Throughout the fashion parade, president Eleanor provided an entertaining commentary on the varied and stylish attire.

Finally, the raffle was drawn. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, including TP Hughes, Tenby Rocks, Jago, Four Seasons, The Qube Restaurant, The Lounge Cafe, Celtic Food Services and Londis, as well as donations from club members, there was a magnificent array of prizes, tempting most guests to purchase a large number of tickets. As a result, more than £250 was donated to the charity.

Overall, the event raised well over £650 for Cancer Research Wales. All agreed that it had been a most enjoyable and worthwhile way to pass the time on a wet and windy March afternoon.

On behalf of SI Tenby, president Eleanor Parker would like to thank everyone who helped to make the occasion such a success, especially TP Hughes, Jago and Tenby Rocks, all the models and their assistant ‘dressers’, president-elect Iris Davies and her team for overseeing the raffle, and photographer Christopher Sleight, who kindly gave up his Sunday afternoon in order to provide a wonderful pictorial record of the event.

However, special thanks must be given to SI Tenby social secretary Pam Maggs for all her hard work in organising and promoting the event. Finally, grateful thanks are extended as always to Malcolm, Patrick and their staff at the Giltar Hotel for the wonderful hospitality.

SI Tenby’s next meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, April 4, at the Giltar Hotel, and new members are always welcome. To find out more about the work of Soroptomist International, a global volunteer movement working at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls - please visit our website at http//:sigb.org/tenby.

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