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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Big Fat Gypsy TV star is Cumbria car boot sale guest star

You wouldn’t normally expect to see a lavish fairytale gown at a car boot sale – but you will in Egremont.

Thelma Madine photo
Thelma Madine

Thelma Madine, best known for creating flamboyant, sequin-encrusted dresses in Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, is bringing one to the town next weekend.

The dress designer, from Liverpool, is appearing at the car boot sale at Egremont Market Hall and has agreed to showcase one of her sparkling creations.

She will auction off signed copies of her book Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker.

Thelma, who was more recently on TV in a spin-off series where she employs travelling girls as apprentices, confirmed on Twitter yesterday she would be coming to Egremont.

Proceeds from the sale and auction will go to Galgo, a charity that rescues abandoned and mistreated Spanish greyhounds. It is a cause particularly close to the heart of Angela Wilson, of Moor Row, who has paid for two mistreated greyhounds, Caremelo and Sugus, to be transported overseas from the shelter to her home.

Angela says she is delighted that TV star Thelma is coming to Egremont to support the cause.

She said: “I was quite shocked, I never thought she would come up here to help. She is definitely coming up as she’s been looking for a model to wear the dress.”

The visit came after a mutual friend of the pair asked Thelma if she would like to help and she agreed.

She has sent five paperbacks and one hardback copy of her book to organisers.

A variety of car boot stalls will also be on offer at the sale which takes place between 12pm and 4pm.

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