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Norwich: Sex and the City night for our heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:55 01 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 01 July 2010

Kate Scotter

All the style and glamour of Sex and the City was brought to a Norwich restaurant as models took to the catwalk to raise funds for charity.

Kate Scotter

All the style and glamour of Sex and the City was brought to a Norwich restaurant as models took to the catwalk to raise funds for charity.

A fashion show and dinner evening based on the popular show was held at Mackintosh's Canteen restaurant in Chapelfield Plain to raise funds for Help For Heroes.

The event, held in the run up to the newly-released film Sex in the City 2, saw models dress up as series favourites Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda while diners sipped cocktails and tucked into plates of Mackintosh's tapas.

As well as the fashion, people were entertained by a wide range of acts including Norwich's Gospel Choir, pianist Nina Baker and a Chicago re-enactment.

More than £1,700 was raised from the event, which will go towards supporting wounded soldiers.

Kelly Elphick, managing director of Mackintosh's Canteen, said: “It went really well and I've had lots of feedback saying how people thought they were going to a fashion show but couldn't believe just how much entertainment there was.

“There was a really exciting atmosphere and I was really pleased with how the whole evening flowed and went together.”

Over the past few years, Ms Elphick, who has a background in wedding planning, has organised fashion shows in partnership with top stores in the city. At last Monday's event, outfits were provided by Love Couture, Ginger, Daisy & Lola's, Vanilla, L.K. Bennett, Fabulous K & Hatters.

The restaurant was decked out in pink and white to tailor the Sex in the City theme and the men in the audience were not left out as male models strutted their stuff on the catwalk as the male counterparts in the film.

Ms Elphick added: “We usually choose a charity for every year and I chose Help for Heroes because we have a couple of soldiers who come into the restaurant, one of whom got very seriously hurt.

“I said to him, I bet he didn't want to go back but he said he couldn't wait to get back and fight for his country. I decided to support the charity for that reason.”

Other entertainment on the night included mesmerising card tricks by Elliot Noller, salsa dancing and performances by Passion Productions dance company and Slanteddance, Norwich's first professional jazz and contemporary dance company.

Have you got a story for Local Life? Call reporter Sam Emanuel on 01603 772438 or email sam.emanuel@archant.co.uk

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