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Fashion Show: Stars of the show; Catherine Jones meets the lucky ECHO readers who will become catwalk models for the day.

Byline: Catherine Jones

THEY come from all walks of life but, for the next six weeks, this fab 15 will prepare to strut their stuff as models for the ECHO fashion show. They were chosen after a tough audition of more than 100 hopefuls at the ECHO's Old Hall Street offices.

Now their dreams of catwalk fame are about to become a reality.

Irene Parry of Rodney Street-based production team Pulse will guide them through their paces for the show on October 4 and October 5 at St George's Hall.

One of the audition judging panel, she says that the models were picked not just for their good looks, but also their personalities.

"They've got to look good on the catwalk," she says. "But they've also got to look like they're having fun - which is what the show is all about."

So now meet our models, who will be dressed by New Look for the show

1 Anne Quadrio, 48, from Bootle: The civil servant was alerted to the contest by her neighbour who suggested Anne's daughter Rebecca take part. Anne says: "I said 'never mind her, what about us two?' So we both went in for it.

I've never done anything like this before

2 Andrew Price, 20, from Walton: Liverpool Hope media student Andrew was persuaded reluctantly - to try out by members of his family. He says: "I'll probably be a bit nervous - I've never done anything like this before - particularly if my mates are there. But it should be a good laugh

3 Rebecca Zaidi, 16, from Bootle: Merchant Taylor's pupil Rebecca will join her mother Anne on the catwalk. And she should have no problem with the catwalk routines. She says: "I've been dancing since I was eight - modern dance, disco, R'n'B and street dancing. I'd love to be a performer

4 Ben Macklin, 16, from Walton: Ben - who works in his dad's pub, the Thatched House, Wavertree - says he would like to try his hand at modelling if the opportunity arises. He says: "My mum showed me the ECHO and said 'why don't you go in for that, itwill be a scream?' She was going to have a go herself. She's mad with bright pink hair5 Stephanie Wright, 18, from Roby: After picking upthree A-levels at St Edward's College in West Derby, Stephanie went on to succesfully audition for the show. She says: "I'm going to Liverpool University in September to study Spanish and film. It's been a hard two years with A levels, so I decided the show would be a bit of fun

6 Katie Boocock, 17, from Allerton: A pupil at St Julie's in Woolton, Katie has her sights set on a drama degree. She says: "My nan persuaded me to go in for the show so I expect she'll have 10 copies of the ECHO all framed

7 Chris Moore, 19, from Skelmersdale: The gym instructor and lifeguard has his mum to thank for his place on the catwalk. He says: "She left it until the last minute to persuade me and then stood over me while I called up. The lads all helped each other through the competition. And it was great with all the girls

8 Violet Foode, 72, from Crosby: Former model and actress Violet has appeared in Chariots Of Fire and The Champions. She says: "I used to do modelling and entertaining years ago - on stage and in films as an extra. I've been there and done that and now I feel I need to do something to prove I've still got it in me

9 Barbara Northover, 66, from Stoneycroft: It is half-acentury since Barbara first considered modelling. She says: "At the tender age of 15 I was going to have a go at it.

I only knew about one model agency, in Manchester, at that time. A friend who was about 14 months older than me said 'don't bother, you've got no chance'. My mother said I needed to get a proper job anyway10 David Cryen, 18, from Kensington: Electrician David keeps fit by going to the gym and playing football. He says: "I thought I'd have a go - it's something new and different. Doing the heats was quite funny. I just went for it. All my family will be there to watch me on the day

11 Danielle Morris, 16, from Netherley: Danielle, who is going to college in September to study art and design, is no stranger to modelling contests - but almost did not make it to the ECHO event. She says: "I did a competition for Miss Merseyside last month, but I was still nervous about doing this. My mum saw it in the paper, but then I threw the ECHO out. My aunty had to find me the details

12 Lisa Swift, 22, from Maghull: Actress Lisa has just finished filming in Liverpool on the new movie Beyond Friendship. The performing arts graduate says: "I had to wear the worst costume. It was this nasty navy suit and silk blouse and on the last day I was wearing a red skirt - I looked like Minnie Mouse!" Still, as least she got to kiss lead actor J.J. Field

13 Sally Clegg, 25, city centre: Investment administrator Sally says chocolate is out and the gym is in now she's been picked. Persuaded to enter by her best friend Nick, she says: "I've done shows for charity before, but I was still really nervous at the auditions. I'll be going to the gym every day now I'm in show mode

14 Clare Rooney, 20, from West Derby: Manchester Metropolitan University technology student Clare has danced since she was three and has done some modelling - but it took her nan to encourage her to give the fashion show a go. She says: "She saw it advertised in the ECHO and gave me a call, and when I visited her she'd ripped out the page for me

15 Gill Marnell, 43, from Runcorn: Gill went to audition with twin Cheryl Robinson.

And, while only Gill made it through, she says it's a triumph for both of them. She says: "I've just lost three stone in weight, and Cheryl has lost more than two stone. When I came in everyone looked so young and gorgeous. I was going to walk out, but then I thought 'no, it's good fun


THIS year's fashion show is sponsored by Lewis's store which will also be showcasing its autumn fashion range. Also showing are Ethel Austin, Rouge of Allerton Road, lingerie store Pandora's Box, and bridal house Opulence Couture. Bobbi Brown will be responsible for the make-up and Voodou will do the models' hair

There will also be an interactive health, beauty and lifestyle exhibition and seminars as well as a goody bag for every reader.

Tickets are pounds 12 for evening performances and pounds 6 for the two matinee shows. They are available on 0151-256 5555 (a handling fee may be applicable), from www.ticketline. , or from the Radio City box office in St John's Precinct. Places will be allocated on booking


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Date:Aug 24, 2005
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