Ballina gets hot to trot



FUN, fashion and friends were the key ingredients to a good time at the Ballina races yesterday.

Ballina boys Chris Keppie and Matt Cook stood out from the crowd with a 1970s 'village look', after being inspired by a Video Hits program that very morning.

"We're recovering from Christmas," said Matt, who is a regular at the Ballina Boxing Day race meet.

"We've come for the ladies.

"Everyone is dressed up and looking good. Everyone is in high spirits."

Meanwhile, 15-year-old twins Sarah and Ashleigh Lyons, of Skennars Head, were just two of the models bringing high fashion to the racecourse ? with a show featuring swimwear, through to one-off designer dress numbers.

Organiser Michelle Chandler, who owns a boutique in Lennox Head, said it was third time she had organised a fashion show at the Ballina Jockey Club.

"It's something for the ladies," she said.

"It's always nice for people to come to the races and have something to watch ? other than horses."

Michelle said it was particularly appropriate, considering races offered a rare occasion to dress up.

"We don't get many opportunities around here," she said.

"It's a chance for ladies to dress up and look and feel special.

"I've come to every (Ballina) race there's ever been for the last 10 years, and I always thought there was something lacking."

Meanwhile, for old school friends Elisa Belling, Liz Johnston and Nikki Hitchens, hats were great, but the real focus was on catching up.

"We're all friends from school," Liz said.

"And we go to different unis.

"We're all best friends and we're all back in town and we've never been to the races together."



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