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Ul-toon-mate commitment; United wedding dress being designed for charity auction.

IT WILL be a case of something old, something new, something borrowed, something Toon when Tyneside dressmaker Tricia Cooke creates her Newcastle United wedding dress.

The black and white gown will be auctioned off to raise money for the Newcastle United Foundation, a charity that uses football to encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles.

Tricia hit the headlines last year when she began making fabulous frocks worthy of an appearance on the hit TV show Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.

But now the 50-year-old has turned her hand to something different and is designing her first black and white dress.

Tricia, of Seaton Burn, Newcastle, said: "I asked the Newcastle United Foundation and asked if I could design a wedding dress and they were delighted with the idea.

"I'm trying to make the dress look as classic as possible as well as making it look unique.

"When I've been designing it a lot of people have been saying it's going to be really popular but I just hope we can raise lots of money for the charity."

Tricia, who studied at the London College of Fashion and has been making wedding gowns for 25 years, will use the sea horses from the Newcastle United crest and the magpie in her design.

It is the first time Tricia, a fashion and textiles teacher in Northumberland and who owns Tricia Cooke Bridal Gowns, on Front Street, Seaton Burn, Newcastle, has attempted to create anything like this before. "I'm hoping to get the dress finished by the end of March," she said.

"I'm currently making samples and looking at different fabrics to use." It is hoped the dress will be modelled and auctioned later in the year.

Sarah Medcalf, fundraising manager at the Newcastle United Foundation, said: "It's great that people in the North East community are fundraising for us.

"This is quite a nice way of raising important cash for us.

"We are always looking for people to support us in different ways.

"Tricia designing a wedding dress for us is really unusual and hopefully it will stand out and raise money for us and be a great thing for her.

"She plans to have it finished in March and we are really excited for the auction. We are holding a few projects in the region and cash from the auction will help us to support them."

For more information on Tricia's creations, visit


MOOD BOARD Tricia, who studied at London College of Fashion, works on the designs for the dress

ALL THE DRESSES Tricia Cooke in her studio in Seaton Burn, where she is making the United dress

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2013
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