Talent show stars perform at Swaffham fashion evening
More than £2,000 has been raised for the Royal British Legion during a charity fashion show in Swaffham.
Town shop owner Amanda Loades organised her third event for the cause on Wednesday night, raising £2,300.
Local models strutted their stuff on the red carpet to an audience of over 200 people, topped off by a performance from Britain’s Got Talent stars, D-Day Darlings.
Mrs Loades said they sang a moving rendition of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, and there wasn’t a “dry eye in the house.”
She added: “There’s still people coming into the shop thanking me for the wonderful evening and making even more donations. We had such a great time, it really was amazing.”
Mrs Loades was determined to do something special for the centenary of the end of the First World War.
She said: “I was sitting on the sofa with my husband one night, and saw the D-Day Darlings performing. I said ‘That would be great for the show’ and he told me to dream on! Well, here we are.”
Locals were certainly overjoyed with the performance, with a video on the Starlings Florist Swaffham Facebook page already attracting more than 1,000 views..
Despite the star quality of the evening Mrs Loades reminds us of the very humbling reason she organised the evening in the first place,
She said: “I just don’t want the younger generations to forget the war effort. Veterans did amazing things and I do everything I can to raise money for the Legion, selling Poppies and suchlike.
“One of the best parts of the night was when two veterans walked in wearing all of their badges. Everyone was crying, it was truly moving.”
Mrs Loades wishes to thank everyone involved, including the eight models and all those who attended and bought tickets, with a view to hosting more exciting charity events in the future.
Last year she managed to raise £300 with the Poppy Appeal alone and hopes to add this year’s sales to the total already raised from the fashion show. Donations for the cause will be accepted up until November 11.