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Pam's People: Stormont gala event honours our marvellous mums

By Pamela Ballantine

Jo-Anne Dobson MLA is a formidable force in the Assembly but she is also a formidable force for her local constituents and is often seen out and about at various charitable events. The latest one was a charity fashion show in the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge in aid of Banbridge MS Society Support Group and it was fitting that she was the compere at this glamorous evening.

There are not too many items of footwear that are instantly recognisable, not only by appearance but also by initials. DMs certainly are and now the first stand-alone Dr Martens store has opened its doors in Belfast.

To launch the brand, which has been around since 1960, Love & Death Inc opened its doors for the celebration which included NI's Godfather of Punk, Terri Hooley taking to the decks.

Mums often go unappreciated so it is lovely when they get their day in the sun and thanks to SuperValu our mums are celebrated at the SuperMums ceremony in Stormont's Parliament Buildings.

There were 30 very worthy finalists but it was Portglenone's Kathy O'Neill who won the title.

She cared for her son Caiden, who at five months old was diagnosed with cancer and who sadly passed away just after the awards aged just six, but she has also raised £24,000 for many charities. A SuperMum indeed.

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