Red carpet treatment at appeal event

GLIDING down the red carpet in a designer dress or dinner jacket, with paparazzi fighting for a picture to make the front pages, is an honour usually only reserved for Oscar-winning film stars.

GLIDING down the red carpet in a designer dress or dinner jacket, with paparazzi fighting for a picture to make the front pages, is an honour usually only reserved for Oscar-winning film stars.

But teenagers from across Suffolk and beyond will be given the chance to sample the glitz and glamour normally set aside for Brad Pitt or Nicole Kidman during a special event designed specifically for them.

Hosted within the impressive surroundings of the Millennium Grandstand on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourse, organisers are hoping the black tie evening for 13 to 17-year-olds will go with a real swing.

Designed to give teenagers an event at which they can don their designer best, the evening will be filled with non-alcoholic cocktails and the best music.


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And those hoping to pursue a career in modelling may also get the break they long for, with scouts from a top London agency attending the event to search out new faces to add to their books.

The evening has been organised by Bob Champion's ex-wife Dee and her friend Debs Turpin, who developed the idea for a glamour night from their 14-year-old daughters Henry and George.

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“We got our heads together and decided to arrange an up-market event where teenagers could get together and dress up glamorously in black ties and ball gowns,” said Dee, who lives in the Bury St Edmunds area. “There doesn't seem a lot around for 13 to 17-year-olds, so we decided to give this a go to see what comes of it – we're hoping to make it the Who's Who for that age group.

“Our daughters love any excuse to buy another dress, and are always wanting designer clothes, which keeps me seriously poor. This will give them the chance to put on the glamour, and take part in what we hope will become the in-thing for youngsters.

“There will be imitation paparazzi at the do, waiting to take picture along a red carpet, and the youngsters will be given non-alcoholic mocktails, as opposed to cocktails.

“If the party is a success, we may host other events around the country, at racecourses such as York and Ascot.”

The two mothers have now set up their own company, called High Flyer Parties, through which the event will be organised, and have handed control of security to tough guards, to prevent the 500-plus young people attending from sneaking alcohol through the gates.

And proceeds from the evening will be given to a good cause, with children's cancer charity CLIC – for which kindhearted EADT readers recently raised £18,000 – benefiting.

Tickets for the party, which takes place from 9pm until 1am on July 7, are priced at £25 each, and are available through the duo's website, at www.highflyerparties.com

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