North East celebrities bring a touch of Hollywood to Tyneside

A host of North East celebrities are preparing for the glittering St Oswald’s Hospice Red Carpet Ball

Celebrities outside the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead
Celebrities outside the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead

Famous faces are preparing to strut their stuff as Hollywood glamour heads to Tyneside to raise cash for those facing life-limiting conditions.

A host of North East celebrities were at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel yesterday to take part in a full dress rehearsal for St Oswald’s Red Carpet Ball in aid of the charity.

Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick and comedian Simon Donald, alongside other familiar faces, rehearsed songs, dances and acting scenes, ready for the event next month.

At the ball the celebrities will act out the golden age of motion picture bringing to life classic Hollywood scenes.

Danielle Neighbour, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We are really excited about the Red Carpet Ball – the celebrities have all worked really hard with their scenes and we can’t wait for to wow our audience with some of Hollywood’s greatest moments.

“We want to say a big thank you to UBS Wealth Management, who are our headline sponsors and have made this event possible.”

The star-studded event will take place on March 8 and tickets are still available.

Northern Stage creative director Lorne Campbell will be overseeing the acting, ensuring that the scenes from the golden age of Hollywood run smoothly, and Newcastle Dance Centre will be in charge of the dance routines.

Actress Charlie from Wallsend said: “Hollywood glamour? How could I refuse? I am delighted to be part of an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza with some classic Hollywood scenes, performed live throughout in glorious technicolour.

“I have campaigned for the marvellous St Oswald’s Hospice for many years. Having judged their Strictly competition, danced and Midnight Walked, it’s now time to act, literally.”

Tickets for The Red Carpet Ball are still available – for more information please ring the Box Office on 0191 246 9123.


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