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Corrie couple Sally Carman and Joe Duttine join Bugsy Malone revels at Mirror Ball charity extravaganza


Star guests and Manchester’s movers and shakers got into the swing of a 1920s Bugsy Malone theme at this year’s Mirror Ball charity extravaganza on Friday night.

Coronation Street couple Joe Duttine and Sally Carman were among the famous faces donning their gladrags and enjoying the revels at the glitzy bash at the five star Lowry Hotel.

Joe, who plays Corrie’s Tim Metcalfe, and Sally, who plays Abi Franklin, are never far from the drama on the soap, but looked happy and relaxed in each other’s company at the ball.

Guests who got into the theme of the hit movie about 1920s gangsters and their molls, included the event’s hosts, breakfast radio stars Lorna Bancroft from Heart and Rachel Burke-Davis from Capital, who both rocked spectacular flapper girl ensembles.

Our very own Rhian Sugden was also in glamorous form for the bash, getting flashbulbs popping on the red carpet, accompanied by her actor husband Oliver Mellor in dapper black tie.

The annual fundraiser is organised by hairdresser-to-the-stars Andrew Trott-Barn and has raised thousands of pounds for the Forever Manchester charity.

Andrew has helped raise £470,000 over the past nine years with his charity fundraisers, which he first started after battling back to health after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Entertainment was provided by former X Factor singer Russell Jones and retro group The Big Easy Band, with some impressive charleston dancing from Gravity Live and a star spot of grooving by Andrew himself!

Oliver Mellor and Rhian Sugden Pic Carl Sukonik

Award-winning artist Tony Husband also helped raise funds for Forever Manchester with a “cartoon confessional” on the night.  Guests got to confess their deepest, darkest or cheekiest “sin” to Tony who then turned into one of his hilarious cartoons for a minimum £20 charity donation.

Best dressed guests were also awarded on the night for the most impressive 1920s-themed outfits.


Manchester is a successful city, but there are many people that suffer. The I Love MCR Foundation helps raise vital funds to help improve the lives and prospects of people and communities across Greater Manchester – and we can’t do it without your help. So please donate or fundraise what you can because investing in your local community to help it thrive can be a massively rewarding experience. Thank you in advance!

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