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Pam's People: Time for tea to celebrate a passion for fashion

By Pamela Ballantine

Published 18/05/2015

Brenda Moore and Emma Montgomery
Brenda Moore and Emma Montgomery
Janine McAlinden and Christina O’Hare
Naimh Harding and Caroline Kelly
Rachael Collins, Lisa Early and Brenda Early at the Merchant Hotel’s Fashion Teas
Aine McAllister and Eimear Barton from Bob’s Hair, Magherafelt
L’Oreal Colour Trophy finalists from the Andrew Mulvenna salon
Aimee Kirk, Michaelle Devlin, Lucy Young and Sinead Devine from Hair by Sinead salon
Pamela Ballantine with Ryan and Kim Constable
Patrick McQuillan, Ciaran Torrens, Lesley Rush and John McCann

No sooner did the tickets for the Merchant Hotel's Fashion Teas go on sale than they were sold out. The Rita Duffy suite provided a stunning setting for four individual shows featuring collections from local designers and boutiques, accompanied by a fabulous Moet & Chandon champagne afternoon tea, while fundraising for the MacDermott oncology haematology day unit at the Ulster Hospital.

Meanwhile, I have never coloured my hair but I know I am firmly in the minority - which is why L'Oreal is celebrating its 60th anniversary of the company's Colour Trophy, the longest running live hairdressing competition in the world. Some of the brightest talents and highest profile names in the hairdressing industry came from far and wide to the Europa Hotel in Belfast to celebrate the milestone.

While on the subject of spreading good cheer, I hear the popularity of gin has increased tremendously during the last few years.

However, one brand that has been pouring for almost 30 years is Bombay Sapphire and I was delighted to have been invited to Galgorm Resort and Spa to sample the hotel's lovely food matched up with Bombay cocktails under the expert tutelage of Sean Ware, whose enthusiasm for his subject was infectious - not that we needed much encouragement!

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