Ded­i­cated fol­lower of fash­ion crowned

Otago Daily Times - - FRONT PAGE - JONO ED­WARDS jono.ed­[email protected]

A MOSGIEL woman rose above los­ing ev­ery­thing in a house fire to be crowned the fash­ion favourite at Wingatui yes­ter­day.

It was a day of bee swarms and good be­hav­iour at the race­course’s Mel­bourne Cup day meet yes­ter­day.

Fash­ions in the Fields win­ner Lisa Lamb clinched the com­pe­ti­tion with a black lacy dress she bought weeks ear­lier and a vi­sor which cost about $15 to make.

‘‘We had a house fire ear­lier this year. I usu­ally have 30 or so dresses to choose from, which we lost this year, so my hus­band was good enough to let me go on a bit of a shop­ping spree.

‘‘This is ac­tu­ally a brides­maid’s gown I think be­cause I bought it off the in­ter­net from a bridal shop.’’

Flames gut­ted the Chain Hills Rd home in Feb­ru­ary af­ter an elec­tri­cal fault.

‘‘My son and I got out of the house OK, but we lost ev­ery­thing we own.

‘‘Now I’m win­ning Fash­ions in the Fields with some­thing I bought a cou­ple of weeks ago.’’

The fam­ily was rent­ing and would then live in a car­a­van un­til their new house was built.

She likely had about 2% of the clothes she owned pre­vi­ously, she said.

‘‘But I’m work­ing on it.’’ Be­fore the semi­fi­nals of the event a swarm of bees flew into the crowd, mak­ing pun­ters duck and scream.

Sergeant Kevin David­son, of Mosgiel, said it was a com­mon nat­u­ral oc­cur­rence.

The crowd was both one of the small­est and best­be­haved po­lice had seen, he said.

‘‘We’re very, very happy. It’s the first time in seven years they’ve had good weather, so that just sets the mark I think, peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes change.’’

Otago Rac­ing Club gen­eral man­ager Re­becca Ad­lam said it was a ‘‘fan­tas­tic day’’.

‘‘Num­bers at the start of the day were a wee bit down on last year, but we’ve had a fan­tas­tic walk­up crowd.’’

The sun shone and be­hav­iour was great, she said.

‘‘It is a flag­ship event for the club.’’


Hive mind . . . Crowd mem­bers duck as thou­sands of bees swarm through the field.Sec­ond­hand style . . . Fash­ions in the Fields win­ner Lisa Lamb wears her award­win­ning look.


Ker­rin McEvoy, rid­ing Cross Counter, cel­e­brates his win in the Mel­bourne Cup yes­ter­day.

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