Hats off to El­lis for dap­per style

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

STYLISH El­lis Al­li­son capped a great evening at Red­car races by win­ning the Best Dressed Gent com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

El­lis, 20, of Stock­ton, bought his natty flat cap a year ago to mark a visit to St James’s Palace to re­ceive the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Gold Award, which was earned while he was an Army cadet.

He brought it back out of the wardrobe for the fash­ion stakes at Red­car’s pop­u­lar Ladies’ and Gents’ evening meet­ing, wear­ing it with a blue tweed three-piece suit to snatch vic­tory.

Jamie Clarke and Vic­tor Bru­denell, both of Mid­dles­brough, were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

El­lis said: “I’m shocked to have won, to be hon­est, but chuffed to bits be­cause it’s my first time at a race meet­ing.”

He won a suit, shirt and tie from Bak­ers Tailor­ing, and a Hugo Boss pen from Market Cross Jew­ellers.

The Best Dressed Lady was Stacey Simp­son, of Red­car, who looked stun­ning in a yel­low and blue out­fit with match­ing hat.

“I nor­mally buy my hats but this time I thought I’d have a go at mak­ing my own and it seems to have paid off,” said mu­mof-two Stacey, who was pulling off a Red­car dou­ble af­ter win­ning an­other fash­ion con­test at Red­car on Ladies’ Day in June.

This time, she won a be­spoke fas­ci­na­tor from Chic Hats, a neck­lace from Market Cross Jew­ellers, and a gift bag from Or­ange Kerr Hair and Beauty. El­iz­a­beth Wil­liams and Jane Bar­wick, both of Red­car, were sec­ond and third.

The Best Dressed Cou­ple ti­tle went to Sarah Dun­bar and her part­ner Dar­ren Fix­ter, of Mid­dles­brough.

The night out at Red­car was a birth­day treat for beau­ti­cian Sarah and, hav­ing found a strik­ing red dress, she per­suaded Dar­ren to join her in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Dar­ren, a self-em­ployed courier, de­liv­ered a touch of class, com­ple­ment­ing his girl­friend with red braces and a red bow tie.

“We’re thrilled to have won. I think I went a bit red when the re­sult was an­nounced but it’s been a fan­tas­tic evening out,” said Sarah.

Colin Howey, of Ch­ester-le-Street, and Pamela Col­lier, of Red­car, were run­ners-up, and Colin and Anya Al­li­son third.

Dar­ren and Sarah won Hugo Boss watches from Market Cross Jew­ellers and a gift bag from Or­ange Kerr Hair and Beauty.

Best dressed man El­lis Al­li­son, cen­tre, with Jamie Clarke, left, and Vic­tor Bru­denell

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