Women’s Day event is inspiring for all

Anne Nolan and Shobna Gulati
Anne Nolan and Shobna Gulati
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Celebrities, entertainers, business owners and community leaders gathered to mark International Women’s Day in Blackpool.

The celebrations, which took place earlier this month, saw more than 700 women converge on the Winter Gardens.

Face painting organised by UR Potential

Face painting organised by UR Potential

Singer Anne Nolan opened the event which was sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College and organised by social enterprise group UR Potential.

College vice-principal Cheryl Dunn said: “As a college, we have 125 years of helping students develop the skills they need to be competitive and successful in a range of technical and professional careers.

“In line with this year’s theme, we will continue to be a catalyst for change.”

There were more than 60 stalls and a range of entertainers including Skool of Street, Alimandazumba, Chloe Rose Moyle, and Nicky Figgins.

Alimandazumba at International Women's Day

Alimandazumba at International Women's Day

The Bags and Bras for Hope project donated more than 60 bags to Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and Streetlife, supporting homeless and vulnerable women with a bag of toiletries and other essentials.

Awards for Fylde Woman of the Year and Fylde Young Woman of the Year were also handed out to winners Nicola Dawber and Linda McEvilly.

Pictures by Rachel Lambert (Small Pictures).

Read more about International Women’s Day here