Corrie stars Catherine, Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine lead glamour stakes at the Hilton Hotel’s 10th anniversary Star Ball raising over £50,000 for charity
Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley was in bombshell form as she walked the red carpet to join VIP guests at the annual Hilton Hotel Star Ball.
Cath channelled old school Hollywood glamour in her stunning full length red mermaid-style dress by designer Mark Melia to attend the bash with her Corrie pals Antony Cotton and Jennie McAlpine.
Cath and Jennie, in a fabulous velvet dress by Biba, led the glamour stakes on a starry night for the hotel, which celebrated its tenth anniversary of opening in the city at the landmark Beetham Tower on Deansgate.
They all wished the hotel a happy birthday and praised the work of the venue for local casues, with this year money split between the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust.
Cath said: “They do such a good job at the Star Ball every year for local charities, and it’s good that the money always gets spread around.
“And can you believe the Hilton is ten years old? It’s looking very fabulous on it!”
Meanwhile Cath even managed to look fabulous doing the “Mobot” move made famous by Mo Farah – during a fundraising game where guests had to guess between doing the Mobot or Usain Bolt’s signature “ro-Bolt”.
The hotel’s annual Star Ball has now raised over £330,000 for local good causes over the past decade, and that fundraising continued on Saturday night at the bash, hosted by showbiz favourite Christopher Biggins .
The event was themed around Manchester’s Year of Science – so that meant plenty of madcap scientists running around the venue concocting cocktails served up to guests in test tubes and laboratory beakers.
More than 450 guests were entertained by Janette Monroe, Sing Out Gospel and The Shane Richie Junior Band after a glitzy champagne reception.
More than £50,000 was raised after guests bid on the charity auction with prizes including an overnight stay in Reims with Champagne tasting, courtesy of Jacquart Champagne, as well as a chance to play 5-a-side with the Manchester United Class of ’92 which went for a massive £15,000 and a Swarovski crystal portrait of footballing legend, Pelé for £25,000.
Hilton Manchester Deansgate general manager, John McLaughlin, said: “This year’s Star Ball was more special than ever as the perfect way to kick start our tenth birthday celebrations. Once again friends of the Hilton dug deep, raising an incredible amount of money for these fantastic causes.
“It’s always such a pleasure to see so many famous faces turn out for a good cause. They didn’t let us down with the amount they committed to charity on the night – a great night was had by all.”