Remembrance dress steals the show

Ahead of Armistice Day the handmade, eco-friendly dress worn by a Miss England finalist displays in the Royal Bank of Scotland in Fawcett Street.

Beauty Pageant contestant Isla Laidlaw, 19, from Sunderland has accomplished many things in aid of charity as part of the contest.

Isla and her mother Shareen, both from Tunstall, spent six months making the poppy dress and as surprising as it seems the dress is made from everyday household products, such as egg boxes to make up the 1,500 poppies presented on the dress.

The semi-finalist and her mum made the dress as part of the competition to make eco-friendly dresses complying with the theme lady in red.

Due to its popularity and relevance to Remembrance Sunday the dress is now on display for the public to see in Sunderland’s RBS branch, where we were able to ask Shareen a few questions regarding the dress, seen in the video below.

Aspiring beauty queen, Isla said: “I am hoping that by displaying the dress will mainly persuade people to donate more money to charities involved with helping our veterans and current soldiers. I thought it would be something different to display from the usual poppy appeal displays.

“Charity work is so important to me because it gives me a way to give back to the community and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. I think if you can do something for someone else and have fun whilst doing it then why not?”

Anyone willing to donate can do so here.


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