Big Pink Dress man to done best frock for Alice-inspired tea party in South Shields

Colin Burgin-Plews
Colin Burgin-Plews

A man who has made his name wearing a Big Pink Dress in aid of charity will once again be putting on his best frock.

Colin Plews has joined forces with South Shields Co-Op Funeralcare to hold a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Friday.

The Alice in Wonderland inspired-event - featuring games and stalls - will raise funds for Breast Cancer Now, Tiny Lives and the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation (CHUF)

Colin, who has raised thousands for several charities over the years with his over-sized gowns as a trademark look, will be dressed as Alice to host the event while staff from the funeral home will be dressed as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

Cheryle Waters, admin arranger for Co-op Funeralcare in South Shields, said: “We’ve got a whole host of exciting activities planned that will hopefully help give their funds a boost.

“We urge everyone from the area to grab their best fancy dress costumes and come down to join us.”

Activities on the day include a raffle, a “Lucky Chess” game and “Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat”.

There will also be an “Eat Me, Drink Me” buffet packed with sandwiches and cakes, a make-your-own-hat stand and a stall selling handmade jewellery, bags and scarves.

Mr Plews said: “Each of these causes are very dear to my heart. Not only have I lost someone to breast cancer, but a friend’s grandson received a huge amount of support from CHUF.

“Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work with each of them, and I feel they’re vital to the local area.

The event will be held at The Maltings in Claypath Lane, on Friday from 3pm-6pm.