Rowner Bowling Club hit the catwalk to raise cash

STYLE Members from Rowner Bowls Club, at the fashion show. From left, Ann Harlow, Janet Pearse, Janet Rogers, Margaret Oliver, Kathy Jones and Shirley Ellis. Picture: Sarah Standing (13376-6702)
STYLE Members from Rowner Bowls Club, at the fashion show. From left, Ann Harlow, Janet Pearse, Janet Rogers, Margaret Oliver, Kathy Jones and Shirley Ellis. Picture: Sarah Standing (13376-6702)
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WOMEN from a bowls club fearlessly took to the catwalk raising cash for a cancer charity.

Members from the ladies’ section of Rowner Bowling Club in Rowner Lane, Gosport, impressed a 70-strong audience as they strutted their stuff in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support yesterday.

Six of them, aged between 60 and 80, and of all shapes and sizes, wore a selection of evening, afternoon and leisure wear.

All clothes were from the store Bonmarché, which ran the event.

Retired accountant Margaret Oliver, 70, of Stradbrook in Gosport, said she was confident in front of the crowd.

‘I didn’t feel embarrassed – when you get to my age, you’ve seen it and done it all,’ she said.

‘We’re all steady on our feet even though our ages range from 60 to just over 70 – we’re not teenagers.

‘We’re all different sizes and that’s what’s so nice about it, because there were some people who were size 10 or 12 – and I’m a size 20.

‘They were a good crowd of people. We know 90 per cent of them and this is the second time we’ve done it. I was asked to do it so I said yes – I was lady president for five years before.’

The rest of the models and Margaret had four different outfits to wear, meaning they had to quickly change when out of the limelight. And after the models had impressed the audience with their outfits, items from Bonmarché were on sale, so the crowd could replicate their looks.

Tickets cost £3 per person, giving each attendee access to the show and discount at the clothes store.

Ladies’ section president Jackie Grocutt said the club often ran events to raise money for charity.

She said: ‘We usually raise for a local charity throughout the year. Last year it was Harbour Cancer Support Centre.

‘We’re a bowling club and if there’s a charity that wants our help then we’ll try and help.

‘I’d like to say thanks very much for coming and supporting it – our bowls club and the charity.’

Macmillan will receive all of the cash raised from the day.

Councillor Richard Dickson, the mayor of Gosport, opened the morning event.

Rowner Bowling Club holds regular coffee mornings out-of-season for members before games begin in the summer, from April to September. To contact Jackie or the men’s section at the club, call (023) 9252 3912.