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Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel

Who needs Gok when you’ve got the Abbots?!

We decided we wanted to do something fun, fashionable and fabulous for the start of the Spring/Summer season at the Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel. An event that would encourage all our locals who perhaps have a feeling, as many people do, that if you aren’t staying, you can’t come in. We are open to all!!

Christine Cooper (General Manager) and I were brainstorming together after a Macmillan Coffee morning last September, which we held at the hotel, discussing a possible “ladies night” when a lovely lady called Karen from Mary Kay cosmetics turned up. We put the idea to her, which she loved, as did many others whom we mentioned it to there after. So, a date was picked (14th April 2011), a time was set (7.30pm – 9.30pm) now all we had to do was find the clothes, the suppliers and a name for the evening!

Coming up with the name was tricky, it had to be catchy, but relevant and so again, Christine and I sat over a cup of coffee and having discussed randomly that afternoon, our love of the BBC’s show Ab Fab staring Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon) and Joanna Lumley (Patsy Stone), we thought a play on words would be fun, so the Abbotsoloutely Fabulous Fashion event was born!

We also liked the idea of using it as a way to help raise some money for charity, so decided to go with Macmillan again. A great cause I am sure you will all agree!

Now we are less than a week away, with 15 stalls attending, selling everything from Hypnotherapy and Holistic treatments, to jewellery, hats, cakes and make-up! A great catwalk show is lined up with Ella Boutique and Corine Boutique showing their latest designs, trends and colours with great raffle prizes to be won too!

We have tickets on sale for only £10 per person. On arrival at 7.30pm you will be provided with a cosmopolitan cocktail (made from Patsy’s favourite vodka, Stoli!), there will be tasty nibbles throughout the evening for all and at 8pm the fashion show starts and will hopefully help you plan your Spring and Summer wardrobe!

It’s always so lovely to watch your ideas turn in to a full blown event, and planning has been fun. We are all looking forward to the evening, and will report back to you on how it goes! If in the mean time though you want to come along, feel free to drop us an email and reserve your tickets! fab@castlwoodhotels.com

Now then…What to wear….

By Janice Whatton (Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel)

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