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Passion for fashion raises £7k for cancer charity

ROYAL wedding fever came to Northallerton as department store Barkers held a charity fashion show in aid of a cancer charity.

A 160-strong audience did a double-take as models, wearing Prince Harry and Meghan Markel masks, took to the catwalk for the event organised in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer.

The event raised more than £7,000 for the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, which provides cancer treatments and health and wellbeing services, as well as support, for people affected by cancer in the surrounding areas.

Models wore fashions from Barkers new spring and summer collection, which are now on sale at the family-owned department store on High Street, Northallerton, for the sell-our show at Thief Hall in Thornton-le-Moor, Northallerton.

During the finale, the models wore masks in a nod to the royal wedding on May 19.

Barkers womenswear buyer Jane Hunter said: “This is the biggest fashion show we have ever organised and it was a huge success.

“Not only did everyone love the fashions, we raised a magnificent sum for an important charity. Many people have been touched by cancer so it is a worthy cause close to everyone’s heart.

“With the forthcoming royal wedding being so topical, we thought we would have some fun with the masks. It was great fun and the audience really enjoyed the night.”

The sale of tickets raised £3,000 and a raffle, auction, events on the night and donations took the total to just over £7,000.

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