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Another first: Fashion show at the Centro Rural de Algorfa

What comes to mind when you think of high fashion? London, Paris, New York, Milan, Algorfa? Yes, Algorfa, because on Friday 21 October, there’s a big fashion show at the Centro Rural, Montebello. That’s the old railway station, which since August 2015 has been a bar and social centre, hosted by Therese and Mike. They’ve done a lot for charity, raising funds for Reach Out Torrevieja, Help Vega Baja, Hope for Podencos and local people who needed special help.

However, charity begins at home as they say, and the roof of the Centro – which is constructed from the original timbers of the old railway station – needs a lot of expensive work. When the building was restored, the timbers weren’t treated properly, and nesting eagles have also availed themselves of the Centro’s famous hospitality, so it needs around €1200 spending to make the building safe. It belongs to the Ayuntamiento of Algorfa, but no funds are forthcoming from there, so Therese and Mike have been hosting various functions and events to raise the money for the repairs. There’s over €900 in the kitty, so hopefully the fashion show will bring in the remaining funds, and give the regulars an evening of fun at the same time.

If the rehearsal is anything to go by, it’s going to be a great night. I can’t be there as I’m in La Manga, but the promise of pink cava to put the models in the mood is almost enough to make me rethink my weekend plans. Fittingly, the rehearsals took place in the roof space, so the models’ minds were kept focused on the purpose of the fashion show. Josie and Mervyn will be compering the evening. Josie is a compering virgin – it’s the first time she’s done anything like this – so she’s relying on Mervyn to inject a bit of humour. I asked if he was going to keep it clean, and he said he hoped not, so those of a nervous disposition may want to stay at home or bring ear plugs along.

Eight models – real women of all shapes and sizes – will be showcasing around 16 outfits for all occasions, which have been donated by regulars at the Centro. There are lots more separates, dresses shoes and handbags, but if the models wore the lot, they’d be strutting their stuff well into the early hours of Saturday, so there’ll be a sale rail available before and after the fashion show. Several of the outfits are courtesy of Marion and John from El Raso, who had the sad task of clearing out their neighbour’s house when she lost her battle with cancer, and everything on sale is new or virtually new, and of excellent quality.

Nothing is being left to chance, because this is the first time Therese has put on a fashion show, although she has organised lots of charity events since the Centro opened. Nancy – whose cousin was a model in the 1960s and has done this sort of thing before – is in charge of collating the details, making sure each outfit is labelled with the model’s name and in the right order for the catwalk. The models need to negotiate the steps from the loft down to the red carpet, but escort Dave will be on hand to make sure they don’t go base over apex in their high heels as they make their way down to their eager audience.

Ann and Jo will be providing costume jewellery and other accessories for the models, and they’ll have a selection of jewellery and bags for sale on the night. If you can’t make it, there’s a permanent display of their stuff in a cabinet at the Centro. Caroline of KCI beauty products Guardamar will be doing make up and titivating the models’ hair. She’s also donating baskets of beauty products as raffle prizes.

John – whose wife Linda is one of the models – is in charge of lighting. It may be Therese’s first fashion show, but it’s going to be a night to remember. As well as the raffle, the Centro is doing football scratch cards with a €40 first prize, and avid readers can take advantage of the special deal on paperbacks. The exchange rate may be in freefall, but at the Centro, €1 will buy you three books to help you while away the winter evenings. Mike will be serving a selection of tapas, so there really will be something for everyone. Call in at the Centro to book your table, or just turn up before 7.30 on Friday evening and enjoy the fashion show and help raise much needed funds for the roof repairs. Hasta viernes, amigos!