Order takes to the catwalk to raise funds

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The Borders branch of the Order of St John is stepping on to the catwalk to raise funds for local charities.

The fashion show will be held at St Mary’s School in Melrose on Thursday, September 25 and will show off clothes and accessories from Good Going in Kelso, Inis in Galashiels, Hogarth in Melrose and David Thomson in Jedburgh.

Order of St John Borders chairman Alasdair Hutton said: “We have not branched out into the world of fashion before, but we exist to raise funds to help local charities with a medical connection and hope this will raise something extra to help organisations in the Borders.”

In the past, the local group has raised money for the Border Talking Newspaper, Berwickshire Wheels and the two local mountain rescue teams among other charities.

Mr Hutton, who has been the narrator of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the last 23 years, will present the show.

“I have presented a Harris Tweed fashion show in New York,” he said, “but this will not be quite like the Tattoo.

“I hope folk will want to come and see what is in the autumn and winter collections in the shops which are helping and help local charities at the same time.

“It might inspire some ideas for Christmas, which is not that far away.”

Tickets, which include wine and canapes, are £20 and can be bought from the clothes shops involved as well as St Mary’s School.