Putting on the style for charity

Promoting Retrorocks are Ellen Speight, Kathryn Rezai and Lizzie Telford.
Promoting Retrorocks are Ellen Speight, Kathryn Rezai and Lizzie Telford.

A GROUP of Morpeth charity fund-raisers are putting styles from years ago back in fashion for a special show.

Retro Rocks has been organised by Kathryn Rezai and her team to support Cancer Research UK and raise awareness of the Morpeth shop.

They have given some of the clothes at the shop a modern twist and these outfits will be showcased on the catwalk, along with examples of the quality label clothing donated by members of the public.

The 19-year-old, who is doing a degree in Marketing and Consumer Studies at Edinburgh Napier University, became a volunteer for the charity two years ago and when she returned home for the summer she was asked to come up with an eye-catching event.

“After discussing a few ideas with my friend Amy Charlton, we decided that a fashion show would be a great way to promote the shop and raise money for the charity,” she said. “It will show how fashions from the past can be re-worked into outfits you can wear today and it will also highlight the top brand names that we receive.

“Our message is that during these difficult economic times, you can get some high-quality outfits for a cheaper price than on the high street and you are helping a good cause at the same time.”

Kathryn has drummed up interest through posters, Facebook and talking to people across the town centre.

Members of Lionheart Radio have agreed to present the evening and play music and many local businesses have donated a prize for the raffle. There will also be a retro-themed quiz.

Morpeth branch manager Jackie McDill said: “I think it’s a brilliant idea. Kathryn and her team have done an excellent job and we’re confident that the event will be a success.

“We’re very grateful to Morpeth residents for donating some really nice clothing to the shop.”

The outfits on display will be auctioned to the audience at the event, which will be held in St James Community Centre in Wellway on Wednesday from 7pm.

Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of summer fruit punch. They are available from the Bridge Street shop.