City’s biggest fancy dress party is a sell out

The Hubs, Hallam Union, Paternoster Row plays host to Sheffield's biggest Fancy Dress Ball. More than 900 people in fancy dress to raise money for Cancer Research on Saturday night'Dressed in curtains wearing Home Made outfits Left to right Master of the sewing machine Mel Housley, DJ Antony Watts, Wendy Hebb and Renaldo Robinson''6 April  2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
The Hubs, Hallam Union, Paternoster Row plays host to Sheffield's biggest Fancy Dress Ball. More than 900 people in fancy dress to raise money for Cancer Research on Saturday night'Dressed in curtains wearing Home Made outfits Left to right Master of the sewing machine Mel Housley, DJ Antony Watts, Wendy Hebb and Renaldo Robinson''6 April 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
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IT’S described as Sheffield’s biggest annual fancy dress party - and all 690 tickets were snapped up before they were even printed.

All sorts of characters were on display at Hallam University students’ union’s Hubs venue in Paternoster Row on Saturday night in aid of breast cancer research at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Sisters-in-law Michelle France, Barbara France and Sharon Beresford started the event after Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Sharon, aged 56, of Halfway, then fell ill with the disease a year later.

Michelle, aged 55, of Waterthorpe, a catering assistant at Hallam University, who was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her charity work, said this year’s ball - the 13th - was the best yet.

She went to the ball as the Chucky the Evil Doll.

“Everyone said I should travel to the party on the tram - but there is no way I was going to do that.,” she said.

“You expect to see some weird costumes at the fancy dress ball - but I think if I had worn it on the tram I would have frightened someone to death.”

Michelle thanked Hallam University for providing the venue and staff, and DJ Antony Watts.