Charity will get cash boost from burlesque show

Paula Turk and daughter Ruby Rubelle.    Picture: Steve Reid (111132-665)
Paula Turk and daughter Ruby Rubelle. Picture: Steve Reid (111132-665)
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From burlesque performances to rock bands and a magician, a charity night organised by a mother and daughter from Gosport looks set to be a lot of fun.

Paula Turk, 45, and daughter Ruby Rubelle, 19, of Melville Road, have been busy planning the show to raise money for armed forces charity the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

Paula, who goes by the name of Mama Rubelle, said: ‘The charity helps a lot of families linked to the armed forces and we wanted to have a bit of fun with raising some money.

‘That’s how we came up with the idea of doing a burlesque show.’

The evening will see 11 cabaret acts, plus music from rock bands The Missing Citizen and What Is Life For.

Magician Luke Lamont from the Isle of Wight will also be there to entertain the crowds.

There will also be a raffle, which includes burlesque-style goodies, such as corsets and wigs.

‘We have loads of friends who have serving members in the armed forces, and so we know how difficult it is for them while loved ones are in conflict,’ added Paula, a nurse and former make-up artist.

‘And some of the performers also know people in the forces.’

Ruby, a shop assistant, will also be taking to the stage.

She said: ‘I’ve been burlesque dancing since last November.

‘I love doing live performances and thought this would be a good way to raise money.

‘I’m going to be doing two performances – one classic one and one with a military theme.

‘It’s going to be a great show and I encourage people to come and support it.

‘Being a military area, SSAFA is important to a lot of people so it’ll be good to show it support.’

SSAFA has a Gosport and Fareham branch and spokesman David Wardle, said: ‘We have more than 300 clients who come to us for help each year.

‘We’re always grateful for money and it’s used in a variety of different ways.

‘It includes helping families with medical bills, sometimes helping with rehousing and homelessness and with debt management.’

The charity show takes place on Friday, May 6 at the V Club in Palmerston Drive, Fareham.

Doors open at 8pm, with the show starting at 8.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 in advance or £7 on the door.

The event is open to people aged 18 or over.

To buy tickets visit vtheplacetobe.com