Mexborough-born Debbie set to hold festive event

By Antony Clay | 22/11/2017

Mexborough-born Debbie set to hold festive event
Debbie Wingham

A MINER’S daughter from Mexborough who created the world’s most expensive black diamond dress is organising a special festive event.

Debbie Wingham, who attended Highwoods Junior and Infants School and Mexborough School, has teamed up with the National Union of Miners (NUM) to hold a Christmas fete in Barnsley on Saturday, December 2.

The event will take place at the NUM premises on Huddersfield Road from 11am to 3pm.

It will include a Great British Barnsley Bake Off contest, as well as mini workshops and tutorials with a celebrity stylist team, a kids fashion show, cake and cookie decorating, and T-shirt weaving.

The free event will also coincide with the UK launch of Debbie’s autobiography From Coal Dust to Diamonds.

Proceeds from the day will be going to Cash 4 Kids’ Mission Christmas appeal.

Debbie said the fete is aimed at “toddlers, teens and recycled teenagers”.

Debbie shot to fame five years ago when she created the world’s most expensive black diamond dress and since then has taken the title of world’s most expensive designer three more times. 

Her commissions have included a black diamond dress worth £3.5 million, a £48.5 million cake, and a pair of shoes valued at £15.3 million.

Her clients have included Katy Perry, Kate Winslet, Drake, and Justin Bieber, and her work has been featured in James Bond, Sex in the City, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and Downtown Abbey.

She also founded The Future of Fashion Academy to encourage young people to design their own collections and showcase them.

People wanting to take part in the Bake Off contest need to create a one tier cake which is inspired by Christmas on a board no bigger than 10 inches, and it can be any cake flavour. Contestants should be 16 and over and cakes need to be dropped off at 10.30am before the event begins.

Allan Ogle, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “Cash for Kids need an incredible amount of support to help these children at risk of not getting a visit from Santa.

“Events like these are helping raise valuable money we’ll use to buy gifts to ensure that no local child misses out on opening gifts on Christmas Day morning.”

To donate, visit, or text HALLAM to 70808 to make a £5 donation to Mission Christmas. 

Chris Kitchen, national secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said: “The NUM Yorkshire Area is pleased to host the event organised by Debbie Wingham.

“Debbie is clearly proud of her roots. The event is like a mini Yorkshire Miners’ Gala which used to take place in towns and cities of the coalfield.”

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