Catwalk in the Cathedral

29 April 2008

by Margaret Duggan

HIGH FASHION and jazz tracks filled Ripon Cathedral, and a catwalk up the central aisle was the scene of a very different sort of procession from the usual solemnity and robes.

To raise money for the Cathedral Development Campaign, in particular for the rewiring and lighting of the cathedral, the Harrogate department store Hoopers had mounted a show of both women’s and men’s fashions in partnership with the Ripon & Leeds cathedral authorities.

It was a full day. A hundred people had lunch in the Old Deanery before hand, with a preview of the fashions as the professional models strolled among them; and 300 came to the fashion show itself. Tickets for the champagne reception at the evening show were £17.50, and then 85 people paid £50 each for a three-course dinner in the Old Deanery.

In all, the event raised nearly £10,000, a useful contribution to the £170,000 the cathedral needs to raise over and above the £514,000 it has received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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