I’ve now got to dunk my derriere

Otto Ott and Barbara Ott celebrate 35 years in business with their hair dressing chain Hair Ott. Pictured in their salon in High Street Cosham
Otto Ott and Barbara Ott celebrate 35 years in business with their hair dressing chain Hair Ott. Pictured in their salon in High Street Cosham
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Perching my posterior in a washing-up bowl of hot water three times a day, is, as I told my pal Agatha Flon Flon de Gusset, not a good look for an Aged Goddess.

Having had the haemorrhoids injected and now healed, I thought my rear end was a no-go area for any more afflictions. But now I’ve got a cyst on my bottie.

As many of you folks know, boils on bums are very painful. Anyway, fingers crossed that dunking the derriere seems to be working, otherwise it’s off to the Queen Alexandra Hospital to have it cut out. Ouch!

On to last Thursday, where I was thrilled to be invited to Lakeside (the old IBM building at Cosham), to compere a fashion/hair makeover show in aid of The Rowans Hospice.

The event was organised in conjunction with Hair Ott.

I just love the adorable Barbra and Otto. Spookily, nearly 20 years ago I used to do fortnightly fashion/hair makeover shows with Otto in aid of local charities.

It was a brilliant fun event with local ladies modelling outfits from The Rowans’ charity shops and me describing the fashions on the catwalk.

Hopefully, we raised loads of money for The Rowans, because I didn’t realise that £4.2m a year is needed to run the hospice.

Returning home that evening, my mind meandered down memory lane, back to the 1960s when Debenhams in Southsea was called Handleys.

Do you remember folks? Handleys restaurant was quite posh, with a manageress to seat you, a wine waitress and table service.

I was a waitress there once and it used to fascinate me when ladies who lunch would turn up on Wednesday afternoons in an assortment of fabulous hats.

During afternoon tea there would be a fashion show where all the models would weave in and out of the restaurant tables.

As the ladies watched, the manageress would be on the microphone describing the models’ outfits.

Happy days.

If you want to help raise funds for The Rowans, go to rowanshospice.co.uk