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CATWALK CASH; Glamorous event helps city school.

Byline: LIZ LAMB

A GLITZY fashion show attracted footballers' wives and top models to help raise money for a Tyneside school.

Alan Shearer's wife Lainya, Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon and Miss Newcastle Ellen Winter mingled at the glamorous Rosco's Lady Day at Rosco's restaurant on Newcastle Quayside.

Guests including Tyneside businesswomen and girlfriends of Newcastle United players enjoyed a champagne reception, three-course lunch and a fashion show with clothes from Kiara boutique in Newcastle.

The event, attended by 140 women, was organised by Dawn Arceri, whose husband Ross runs the restaurant.

The couple were big players on the Tyneside restaurant scene for more than 20 years before retiring to Monaco.

They returned to Tyneside earlier this year to open Rosco's.

Dawn said: "Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It was great to see so many faces here. It was also great to raise money during the event too.

"My friend's son, Sonny Lennie, suffers from cerebral palsy and he attends Percy Hedley School, so I wanted to help out."

Thousands of pounds were raised from a raffle and donations for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

Headteacher Lynne Watson told guests: "It's lovely to have Ross and Dawn back.

"I have known Dawn, a very special lady, for many years.

"Percy Hedley is a very important business in the North East because it is one of the biggest charities for people with physical disabilities.

"We work with babies right through to adults, employ 500 people and work with more than 300 people at any given time in the community and in school."

Miss Great Britain and Miss Newcastle also took part in a fashion show while guests enjoyed their lunch.

The show featured designer clothes from Kiara boutique in Hood Street.

Ciara Duffy, owner of the designer store, said: "We approached Dawn about doing a fashion show.

"It's been a great success and it was great so see so many high-profile people here. It was also for a great cause. We have just given them a pounds 1,000 donation."

Rosco's opened in October with a glamorous VIP event attended by Alan Shearer, Sunderland player Darren Bent, millionaire businessman Barry Moat and former Darlington FC chairman George Reynolds.

Ross and Dawn used to run Uno's restaurant which was a popular haunt for football and television stars such as Shearer, David Ginola, Tino Asprilla Hayley and John Mills, Les Dennis and Pat Cash.

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LINE-UP: Tania Hall, Andrea Thompson and Lainya Shearer all supported the event; right, headteacher Lynn Watson with the painting by children at Percy Hedley School STRUTTING HER STUFF: Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon at the restaurant and, below right, Miss Newcastle Ellen Winter
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