Bute’s fashionable fund-raiser for Cancer Research UK

This year's models, with host and Cancer Research UK's Rothesay shop manager Anna Harrison, take to the stage for a final bow.
This year's models, with host and Cancer Research UK's Rothesay shop manager Anna Harrison, take to the stage for a final bow.

The main hall at Rothesay Joint Campus was packed on Friday night as local supporters of Cancer Research UK turned out to enjoy a fashion show run by volunteers of the Montague Street shop.

With a wide variety of seasonal clothing on offer, models took to the catwalk to strut their stuff, with commentary provided by shop manager Anna Harrison.

While the evening was upbeat and full of energy, the real reason the show was taking place became only too clear when a video of local woman, Heather Best, was shown.

Heather, who was also modelling that night, was just 18 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer - extremely rare for a woman her age - and she underwent surgery and chemotherapy to combat the disease. By the end of the clip, there was not a dry eye in the house, and the audience applauded Heather and her bravery. It was a stark reminder that cancer does not discriminate.

With involvement from Rothesay Joint Campus, Rothesay Primary School’s eco-committee and local artists, Anna thanked everyone for their support for this fantastic event, and has since announced that the evening has raised a whopping £1779.10 for Cancer Research UK.

* For more pictures of the fashion show, see this week’s Buteman - on sale on Thursday!