Fashion show for Riley

MORE than 30 local models will take to the catwalk next month for a major fashion show in aid of local boy Riley Murray.

The show, organised by Next To You owner Lynn McComiskie, has been months in planning and weeks in rehearsals for what promises to be a phenomenal event.

All funds raised will be donated to the Riley’s First Steps appeal, which will support the continuing care of Riley, who returned to Montrose at the weekend after major surgery in America to help him walk for the first time.

Lynn said she was inspired to stage the show earlier this year after reading about parents Dale and Trudy Murray’s efforts to raise £55,000 for Riley’s six-week trip to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri.

She also said she had been touched by the support shown by the people of Montrose, which helped the family reach its target in just six months.

She said: “I think there are so many people in town who have been touched by Riley’s strength and determination that it’s good to be able to work together and help.

“I started thinking about it back in May and started working on it seriously about three weeks ago. I met Riley’s aunt who asked if I could help out with a race night and at that time the family thought it would take about 18 months to raise the money. I just started thinking about the best way to raise as much as possible. Since then it has snowballed massively.”

To that end, Lynn has drawn together a strong team of volunteer models and back-up crew to choreograph, light and produce the lingerie show to a professional standard. There will even be an after-show party at Sharky’s the price of which will be included in the ticket.

She said: “It’s going to be different, choreographed to music and the team I have working with us are amazing people with professional sound and lighting engineers as well as stage crew. The models are friends, people who have come forward to volunteer after hearing about it or who know Riley and they’re working so hard.

“Like the last show in 2007, it will be tastefully and well done with specalised lingerie modelled including bridal-wear and swimwear. As with the last one, it’s for charity and as such I know that those attending will behave appropriately.”

In addition to the show, Lynn is also in the process of producing a fundraising calendar for which she has enlisted the support of local photographers Kath Flannery and Chris Simpson. The details, however, are currently being kept under wraps.

Lynn added: “We wanted to do something based around Montrose businesses and organisations and it will feature shots of them that are maybe a wee bit different.”

The fashion show will be staged in the town hall on Friday, November 4 at 7.30pm with doors open at 7pm. It will be a ticket only event, and these will be on sale from mid-October.