What an amazing day Sunday was!
My day started at 6am as I worked on the last of the clipboards for all our volunteer team leaders. I had been late home on Saturday from another event (in the borders) and had decided to check my emails. Just as well I did as found out that two of the volunteers were pulling out at the last minute. Their reasons were disappointing to say the least especially as they are Events Management students. Hence needing to update the clipboards at 6am!
Packing the car up with all the stuff made me realise we could use a van nowadays for all our ‘stuff’!
We arrived at the school at 10am and were able to have the first hour unpacking and sorting our ‘rooms’ out. All the boxes were marked with where they were to be put so that bit was relatively easy. Our refreshment room was first to be set up – Ann and Helen did a great job looking after the models and volunteers. Val who owns Flavour catering and deli at Drumsheugh did us proud with 14 platters of sandwiches for the models and volunteers – they looked lovely and must have been good because there were none left by time show started!
Our 70 models started their day with us at the Charlie Miller hair salon in Stafford Street where they had their hair washed and styled. It was organised with incredible care by Darlene, Charlie Miller’s PA. 12 stylists supervised by Karen, the Salon Director washed and styled and curled (and laughed and chatted and looked after amazingly well) our models. Our gratitude to Charlie, Jason and Joshua and their team knows no bounds. It was a lot to ask them to do and they did so with immense kindness and I really am so very grateful to them.
You can see photos from that part of the day here…
but here is my favourite photo! (thanks to Jenny, their mum for permission to show you)
After their hair was done, our models made their way to the school (lesson learnt here was to consider putting on a minibus shuttle service between school and salon so that we would get all the models to the school quickly after hair appointment) and went straight into rehearsal.
From rehearsal it was to the make up studio set up by the Academy of Make Up Scotland – Sara Hill, their director,(and winner of UK make-up artist of the year 2012) had pulled out all the stops and brought a dozen make up artists from all over Scotland to make up our models. I got sorted too which was lovely including, thanks to some of my models’ insistence, some glittery eyeshadow. I admit I was worried a 50something woman couldn’t do glitter on eyes but it looked fab. There is much to be said for having your make up professionally done!
Some of the photos from behind the scenes can be viewed here.
And before you knew it our guests were arriving.
And the show was starting…..
Patron and good friend, Grant Stott did the introductions and I know him quite well now so I also knew he would be mentioning the Panto once or twice (oh Yes he did). So I had made up a slide for the screens with all the info on the panto so that when he started to mention it Liam, the Centre’s Sound and Lighting Director, put my slide up. It’s the small things that amuse me – it was great to see Grant’s face when it appeared on screen.
Grant then chatted to his three young co-hosts – Shannon, Laura and Iona. All know what it is like to go through treatment for cancer and spoke eloquently about their journeys.
Grant also spoke with young Charlie Griffiths – he was our youngest member of Team Pedal for Paul cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh in September. What a great wee speaker he was too! (and he got Grant to agree to cycle in our Team next year – well done, Charlie)
As the fashion show is also about raising awareness of the work we do, Grant chatted with 2 parents – Graham Lawson whose wife and daughter were modelling. His daughter Tabitha is currently fighting cancer – she is doing well so far and looked gorgeous on the catwalk though it has to be said that mum Donella stole the show in her breathtaking red sequin dress! The other parent was Elaine Whellans – her son Aaron also modelled again this year. Elaine is one of our trekkers doing Kilimanjaro next year so Grant chatted to her about what we do and about her first big fundraising event which she held the night before. Considering how hard she had worked organising her own event and attending it, she looked remarkably fresh on the catwalk! I will tell you more about her event in a separate blog post.
Our young co-hosts introduced each set with immense aplomb and confidence (and a fair amount of humour too). They really were incredible.
I said that our models and hosts would Sparkle and Shine on that catwalk and that is what they did.
Having the support of independent businesses in the east of Scotland is so important to me and I try very hard to give back lots of support. These independent businesses bring their own unique style to our city and certainly to our show.
In no particular order I give you
Charlie Miller hairdressing
The Academy of Make up Scotland
The Tom Fleming Centre for Performing Arts
Hamilton & Inches
Kakao by K
Pie in the Sky and Cookie
21st Century Kilts
Harley Davidson, Edinburgh
and businesses who supported us behind the scenes
Farquhar and Son, printers in Perth
Zest Skin Solutions
Inside out Chef
Knockhill Racing circuit
Kyle McPherson, PT
Curves gyms – Barnton and Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Dunedin Chapter, Harley Davidson
Centotre, 103 George Street, Edinburgh
During the show we were very lucky to have Olympian and former Mary Erskine pupil, Lynsey Sharp join us on stage. She joined our tribute to the Olympics set. ‘Hula hoops were us’. Lynsey was a great sport (literally) and the children just loved meeting her. We were also lucky enough to have an Olympic torch. Bit of a story there too – our good friends at Calum’s Cabin, Caroline, Duncan and Jenna Spiers were the ones loaning it to us originally. Sadly Jenna came down with a nasty bug the day before the show. I only found out the morning of the show as my email had been playing up so I put out a tweet to see if anyone could loan us one at short notice. Wonderfully I got offered two! We were sorry that Jenna couldn’t be with us and wish her a speedy recovery and are very grateful to Lea Harris for loaning us her son’s torch. It was quite something to hold an Olympic torch actually!
Our fashion show now wouldn’t be complete without the humour and gorgeous-ness that is Scott Hastings! Scott gives up his Sunday afternoon to join us in our last set and this year was the ‘groom’ in our wedding set. He is a lovely man and his humour, kindness and sense of fun is perfect for our catwalk.
Here’s a link to another photo album on flickr.
Finally, I have to say a huge thank you to the wonderful volunteers who came along and gave of their time to support our show – It was a massive show with many aspects to it and our volunteer team were superb. You are very much appreciated!