The Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club have raised an impressive £1000 for the Whitstable lifeboat station through their annual winter fashion show held at the Seasalter Christian Centre on Wednesday evening
The appreciative audience gave a warm welcome back to popular models from Marina of Harbour Street and M&Co plus new exhibitors from the High Street Whitstable, including Kate and George, Pink Flamingo and JoJo, Maman, Bebe. Lions’ members also turned models for the night (who, it must be admitted, displayed a style all of their own), modelling fashions from Skopes of De Bradelei Wharf.
Guests also browsed the stalls of the Christmas boutique before enjoying a Michael Bublé tribute by Mike Appleton, who serenaded the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Rosemary Doyle and Jenny Yonge, the Lady Mayoress. Terry Parr, president of Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club presented a cheque for £1.000 to Diane Randall of the Whitstable Lifeboat Station and Oz Warren, a crew member, who was greeted with rousing cheers and applause.
A second cheque of £2,000 was presented to Phil Farnham, for the Canterbury Food Bank, which has a collection point based at the Seasalter Christian Centre.
Lion President, Terry Parr thanked everyone involved for making the evening such a success, including Canterbury Garden Centre, Herne, who brighten the catwalk with their donation of flowers every year and noted especially, ‘’all the people who return to the Fashion Shows. We are most grateful for their support and generosity.’’
Acting chairman of the Whitstable Branch of the RNLI Diane Randall said “The Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club have over the year’s been excellent supporters of the lifeboat station and Wednesday’s fashion show was no exception. It was a most enjoyable evening and the monies raised will go towards the continuing running costs of the lifeboat. Our thanks go to the Lions club, the models from the various shops, the stall holders present and to those who attended a very well run evening”.