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Mayor on catwalk in memory of brave schoolboy

Mayor Ernest Gibson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley choose clothes ahead of fashion show at Asda Boldon. From left Asda's Tracey Tough and Mavis Maughan

Mayor Ernest Gibson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley choose clothes ahead of fashion show at Asda Boldon. From left Asda's Tracey Tough and Mavis Maughan

THE Mayor and Mayoress will take to the catwalk tomorrow night in memory of a brave South Tyneside schoolboy.

Jack Leggett was only nine when he lost his battle against a brain tumour in December, just two months after being diagnosed.

Now Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley will take part in a fashion-themed fundraiser in his honour

They will be joined by Jack’s older brothers James and Thomas and his mum Susan Clarkson, plus a host of models, dancers and singers.

The two-night event, also being staged on Wednesday, takes place at the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, and will be raising funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities and CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity, in memory of Jack and Ewan Barry – a terminally ill 15-year-old, from Jarrow, who is in need of sensory equipment.

Ms Clarkson, 47, of Primrose Avenue, South Shields, said: “We are all really looking forward to the fashion show, we’ve all been practising our walks. It’s just all really good fun and something we can do as a family in memory of Jack.

This year’s Mayor’s charity is supporting Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice, Great North Air Ambulance and the Cystic Fibrosis Fund.

Coun Gibson said: “Both myself and Pat are really looking forward to taking part in the event.

“We’ve never done anything like this before.

“I know the children are really excited to perform and from what we’ve seen in the rehearsals, it’s set to be a really entertaining night.

“The causes we are raising money for are all such good causes, it’s just going to be a great night.”

The show will feature clothing from Asda’s summer collection.

Tracey Tough, Community Life Champion at Asda’s Boldon store, said: “We are more than happy to get involved in the fashion show.

“They are three very good causes which money is being raised for.

“The fact is is being held in memory of Jack Leggett, who is a relation of one our Asda colleagues makes it all the more special.”

Doors open for the event at 6.30pm.

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