Masked Ball will help Emily’s Star keep shining

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The lady who will be causing a good few fellas to sit up and take notice of this weekend’s charity event is Miss Polly Rae.

On Saturday night, the trim-waisted, luscious locks and smouldering eyes will be hard at work here in the city – hosting the annual Masked Ball.

Polly both created and stars in the West End’s Hurly Burly Show, a burlesque extravaganza. She sees herself as a cross between Jessica Rabbit and Gypsy Rose Lee, and has worked with artists as varied as Kasabian and Westlife.

Kylie Minogue is a fan too.

Miss Rae will compere Saturday’s event, joining a wealth of great artists, all giving their time free, in support of this year’s chosen charity, Emily’s Star.

Mad Mods and Englishmen know how to hammer a great tune home, and will engage with their rock and mod movements.

A bit like you can’t not chew a Rowntrees Fruit Pastille, neither can you keep your tootsies still when these boys are hard at work on the stage.

They will headline the event, being held at the Jurys Inn, but they won’t be alone, with soul-funk fusionists The Groovestars covering classy tracks by Stevie Wonder and Chic.

You get the idea.

When she began singing, Michelle Nova had yet to break into her teens, and showed off her style with the English National Opera.

These days though, hers is a set grinding up jazz and rock n roll to sterling effect.

DJ Jobi-Wan is already doing swell on the hard to crack London scene, and returns home to play this worthwhile affair, so tip your ears his way too.

Add in a string quartet playing live as you navigate the red carpet upon arrival, a fun casino and charity auction and you are looking at a decidedly classy night out.

It’s a little bit different, and a great opportunity to throw caution to the wind, and go grab a good time.

In the process Emily’s Star* will be furnished with all important cash.

*Emily’s Star was set up in memory of Emily Elizabeth, a brave little girl who was born with Edward’s Syndrome.

She lived for just 26 days, before becoming ‘an angel in the sky’.

Determined that her memory will live on, and eager to see some good come from a truly terrible time, her parents set up Emily’s Star to raise funds for the Children with Complex Needs Nurses and families across the UK.

Purchase a ticket and help to make a real difference.