Two hospices benefited from a night of glitz and glamour at the Image Vintage Ball held recently at Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester.
Around 200 people attended the ball, the 12th held by our glossy lifestyle sister magazine, and enjoyed a champagne reception, three-course meal, vintage jiving, an autumn/winter catwalk fashion show, charity auction, raffle and singing from Frank Sinatra impersonator Mel Peake.
The evening, which was headline sponsored by Stanair, raised £5,000 which will be split between Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton and Willen Hospice in Buckinghamshire.
World-class professional magician and presenter Nigel Mead compered the ball, which had a vintage theme and saw guests dressed in outfits with a 1920s-style through to the 1950s and other decades.
Image editor Ruth Supple kick started the evening with a vintage jive in WWII costume loaned by The Works Fancy Dress Shop in Northampton. She and Step by Step Dance School’s Kieran Cherry of Daventry performed an old-fashioned jive to In The Mood to help raise money and to promote the forthcoming Strictly Northampton 2012.
Fashions from House of Fraser, This or Die, House of ilona, White Orchid Bridalwear and The Little Big Bra Shop were showcased in a glamorous catwalk show sponsored by Midsummer Place The Fashion Quarter.
Ruth said: “This is the 12th charity ball we’ve held and it was a fantastic evening. It is terrific to have raised such a great amount of money, especially in these difficult economic times.
“I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who attended and supported us with sponsorship and prizes,” she added.