Every dress has a different story to tell!

Last Friday I was a very lucky girl and got an invitation to be the plus one of friend and the face behind Mad about Manchester, Nik Maguire. Nik was hosting the third annual Charity Ball to raise money for Nordoff Robbins sponsored by The Good Estate Agency. The ball was held at the stunning Principal Hotel right in the city centre of Manchester.

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. If you are interested in helping this fabulous charity or would like more information, please check out their website

Anyway back to ‘every dress has a different story to tell!’ My dear friend, Liverpool based designer Jake Nuttall, whose designs are simply out of this world, was kind enough to lend me an eye-catching red evening dress. One of those super tight fitted ones, with a stunning fishtail and sassy low cut front.  However only 30 minutes into the event I managed to rip it down the left hand side just below my knee. No way of hiding that malfunction! This is no reflection on Jake Nuttal’s sewing skills btw. Definitely a manifestation of me being my usual hard handed self. So there I was at a posh charity ball, promising, on my children’s life not to get into trouble and not even an hour into the evening I have a massive tear in my beautiful gown. Did I feel like jumping in a taxi and disappearing into thin air? Yes! Only for a split second though, as I hate missing out on a good party!  All credit goes the wonderful staff of the Principal Hotel, who managed to supply me not only with a sewing kit. They also let me use one of their hotel rooms with a staff member guarding the door with me sewing my dress back together, butt naked!

With my dress restored, despite my dodgy sewing skills and a sheepish grin on my face, I returned to the ball. The event was held in the largest hotel ballroom in the Northwest of England. The tables were magnificently decorated for the 300 guest attending to raise money and have a good time doing so. Everyone was dressed to impress. The ladies in ravishing gowns and elegant cocktail dresses. The gents looking dashing in their tuxedo’s. The three course meal went down a treat with a glass of prosecco and good company to chat to. Entertainment was provided by Michael Bubbly sound-a-like Alexander Stewart. Twenty of the finest artists exhibited their work, including Michael John Ashcroft, and donated some beautiful pieces for auctioning. Not forgetting the two Aston Martin cars on display. It was clear lots of work and thought went in to making this ball a great success. Of course the night ended with a boogie with newly made friends.

I’d like to finish with a massive thank you to my friend Nik, who managed to help raise £25.000 for the Nordoff Robbins Charity. I am very proud of you and all others involved and happy to have been made part of this event, even though I almost made a show of myself! #canttakethegirlanywhere

Keep smiling,

Essy xxx

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