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Model to walk catwalk in support of Belton boathouse

Lincolnshire’s newly crowned top model, Kayleigh Mansfield, will be the star attraction at a catwalk show taking place in the Belton House Pavilion Café on June 7.

As part of a year-long campaign to save Belton’s historic boathouse, the National Trust has teamed up with SOS Fashion Shows to stage its first fund-raising fashion show and will be selling popular high streets labels such as Marks and Spencer, Next and Monsoon at discounted rates.

Kayleigh, who is donating her time for free to support the campaign, said: “Helping out with the Belton Fashion Show means a great deal to me because I grew up in Grantham. Belton House was a place I’d always visit and I still do. To play my part in the Boathouse Appeal really makes me feel like I’m making a difference. It’s so important to preserve our history.”

Following the show, there’ll be a chance to rummage through the racks and bag a bargain, all while enjoying a glass of fizz. Tickets are priced at £7.50 and are available from the Belton gift shop or by calling 01476 566116.

Belton House has planned a number of events and activities to raise funds to save the boathouse, and a well as a fashion show, there’ll be a tennis-themed murder mystery dinner taking place on Friday, July 13, with tickets priced at £35.

Kayleigh was officially crowned Top Model of Lincolnshire in April and will now be competing in the finals of Supermodel England with the chance winning one of two crowns: Top Model of England and World Supermodel England. Kayleigh said: “Both of these titles go international, and it’s my dream to represent my country.”

The finals take place in Barnsley on November 17 at The Fairway Hotel.

Belton’s boathouse has stood on the banks of the River Witham for over 175 years and is one of only two in existence in the UK. The National Trust plans to restore it this summer and, as part of the project, will revive punting on the River Witham for visitors to enjoy.

The National Trust needs to raise £100k to complete the work and is undertaking a number of fund-raising activities to achieve that.

Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/belton-house/whats-on for more information.


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